Helen Smith on the grey pony, and Maria Hardy on her right, competing for Rotorua in 1986. Photo / Supplied
Maria Hardy was worried about her best friend Helen Smith last Friday.
She phoned her at 4.30am asking if she was okay.
Later that day Hardy learned their 39-year friendship was over. Smith had been found dead, on the shore of Lake Taupō, with her partner Trevor Wiringi.
A passerby had found them submerged in water just after 7am.
“I can’t believe it,” Hardy, told the Rotorua Daily Post…
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