Mother and daughter reunited by trans Tasman bubble
Thousands of families torn apart by international borders have been reunited by the trans-Tasman bubble including mother and daughter Kolosi Paniora and Shanya Timoteo who had a teary reunion in New Zealand after two years apart. The family live and works in Brisbane became separated when Ms Timoteo flew to New Zealand shortly before the borders closed and had no option but to stay. During the pandemic they were forced to rely on FaceTime to connect, which became difficult when Ms Timoteo was injured in a traffic collision. “(Shanya) was in hospital for three weeks, I didn’t think she was going to make it and through that I had to deal with that through FaceTime, just for her being at hospital, for her recovery,” Ms Paniora told Sky News. “She basically had no feeling from waist down and for her to get through that was, as a mother, I just had to rely on social media.” When the trans-Tasman bubble opened, Ms Paniora’s staff organised a ticket for her on one of the first flights to New Zealand for her daughter’s 21st birthday.