1 NEWS NOW's moments from 2017 that made us cry

There have been plenty of good moments in 2017, but there has also been others that have made us cry - for good reasons and for bad.

Young mum gets the news she's cancer free

1 NEWS NOW followed the story of Te Aroha Isaia, a South Auckland mother of two who was battling breast cancer.

After chemotherapy and a mastectomy, Te Aroha got the news her family had been praying for - her cancer was gone.

She is now back at work and looking forward to getting on with life with her family.

The 22 victims include an off-duty cop, heroic aunty, children, teens, and mothers. Source: 1 NEWS

Manchester terror attack

It's hard not to become immune to the numerous terror attacks that have taken place around the world, but the Manchester atrocity, outside an Ariana Grande concert in May, is one that struck a chord with many.

The suicide attack seemed a particular kind of cruel, targeting young people, and their parents, excited about a big night out seeing a musical idol.

One of those who died - Saffie Roussos - was just eight.

The star of TV shows Dog Squad and Women in Blue was diagnosed with cancer last month. Source: 1 NEWS

Respected police dog dies of cancer

New Zealand's police dogs are respected as much as their human colleagues, and when one dies, it hits us hard.

In October, Hades, one of New Zealand Police's longest-serving patrol dogs, died just hours after completing his final job.

He was diagnosed with cancer a month earlier, but continued to serve until his final day.

Rest in Peace, Hades. 

Kids at Holy Family School in Porirua want their teachers - and everyone else - to make the effort to say their names correctly. Source: Seven Sharp

Porirua student brought to tears by people mispronouncing her name

A Porirua principal garnered plenty of headlines by saying there was racism in people not bothering to pronounce his students' names correctly. 

But it was the personal account of 10-year-old Kahurangi, who told TVNZ1's Seven Sharp in tears that hearing her name said incorrectly made her sad, that captured people's hearts.

It wasn't just brave Kahurangi who were moved to tears by her plight, with plenty of others reflecting on how their actions, and words, can impact on other people.

First time candidate Tamati Coffey has won the electorate of Waiariki for Labour, beating out Te Ururoa Flavell. Source: 1 NEWS

Te Ururoa Flavell cries at Maori Party's electoral failure

Whatever your political leanings, it was hard not to feel for Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell's tears after his party was dumped out of parliament in the September election.

The Maori Party missed out after Mr Flavell lost his Waiariki seat to Labour's Tamati Coffey.

"I'm so disappointed for tonight and that we didn't come through," Mr Flavell said in an emotional concession speech from Rotorua.

Six months after being diagnosed with cancer, Te Aroha Isaia heard the words she's been waiting for. Source: 1 NEWS


More than 50k donated to family of Auckland taxi driver killed in crash involving alleged drunk driver

More than $50,000 has been raised over the weekend to transport the body of the taxi driver who was killed early Saturday morning, back to India. 

It's believed a drunk driver smashed into the taxi driver and fled the scene. Source: 1 NEWS

Taxi driver Abdul Raheem Fahad Syed was killed after an alleged drunk driver crashed into the side of his taxi in central Auckland.

He leaves behind his wife and five-month-old son.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard says the man will answer drink driving charges in the Auckland District Court. Source: 1 NEWS

The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol causing death, driving with excess breath alcohol causing injuring and failing to stop and ascertain injury. 

Friend, Kashif Quadri set up a GiveaLittle page yesterday and as of 9.45am this morning, more than $50,000 has been donated to Mr Syed's family. 

"There has been an overwhelming response from community at large extending their support both personally and financially," an update on the GiveaLittle page states.

The family now have sufficient funds to cover the funeral and transportation costs, but welcome any additional support to help Fahad's wife and son.

"It's times like this that we all feel numb & we count our blessings & that we are still all here as a family," wrote one donor.

Mr Syed's widow Nishat Abedi described her husband as "the best father there ever was"


Injured tourist shares story of survival after falling down cliff on Mt Ruapehu

An English woman has detailed how she survived a night on Mount Ruapehu injured after falling several times down a cliff face.

Suzannah Gilford, a primary school teacher, was reported missing on Thursday night after attempting to walk to the summit of Mt Ruapehu

Her friend called police after losing contact with Ms Gilford whose last message suggested she was lost somewhere on the mountain.

Taking to her Instagram to share the story of her survival Ms Gilford said she was climbing in the snow for the first time ever and reached the crater.

"But slipped on ice and saw myself heading for the rocks.

"No recollection of crashing but must have messed up my face and head," she wrote. 

Realising she had no mobile service hours after her fall Ms Gilford decided to attempt to rock climb further down the cliff fast. 

"I found one large perfect handhold rock that was stable but I held on too long, heard the terrifying crunching sound and knew what was about to happen... and I somersaulted backwards (4 times?) down the cliff and think I landed on my feet on the snow at the bottom."

She managed to then find herself with some mobile service and was able to call emergency services and share her GPS location.

By this point the Taupo Greenlea Rescue helicopter was dispatched along with a paramedic and volunteers from the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation (RARO) began search high probability areas on the mountain.

As poor weather on the upper mountain hampered the helicopter search, emergency services were able to get a GPS reading of Ms Gilford.

Waiting for emergency services to find her, Ms Gilford stayed warm in her sleeping bag trying to admire the milky way.

After seven hours lost on the mountain she finally heard rescuers, who were RARO volunteers that were dropped off by the helicopter in the hopes of finding her by foot.

Police say Ms Gilford was found at about 2.30am precariously close to the edge of a large waterfall, cold, tired and with obvious injuries.

She was assisted by RARO back to an alpine hut to bunk down for the night before being picked up in the morning by Taupo's Greenlea helicopter and taken to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

"So thankful to the volunteer rescuers who searched hours for me, stayed with me, and then went off to work," wrote Ms Gilford.