Six generation celebration

Some of the six generations of Hazel’s family, who are mostly girls.

Hazel with her great-great-great granddaughters Kiara Edwards, left, and Armani Wickliffe, right.

Hazel Bowdler has featured regularly in Hibiscus Matters, as she keeps surpassing birthdays over a century.

In May she turned 104 and last month she had another opportunity to celebrate, when six generations of her family gathered in her Orewa home – including six-month-old Kaira Edwards, whose family brought her to the occasion from their home in Australia.

Kaira joins her cousin, Armani Wickliffe, in the sixth generation of Hazel’s family.

Hazel is the oldest of a family with 13 children, three of whom live locally.

She lives in the home that she moved into 38 years ago “when it was still brand new,” and does not take any medication.

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