100 candles in Reefton

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Kerion Murtha lights the candles for his mum, Phyllis Murtha, who
enjoyed her 100th birthday in Reefton yesterday. A birthday Mass was held earlier in the Black Memorial Chapel,at Reefton Hospital. Along with many gifts, cards and well wishes, Mrs Murtha received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, possibly the the last one given out by him before his retirement. Four generations of the Murtha family were present for the celebration.