Trustworthy, accurate and reliable news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsrooms by making a contribution. Now aged 27, Emma was just two weeks old when she was placed into this orphanage by her alcoholic mother. She spent the first three years of her life here, sleeping in these wooden beds. Emma Barrett in the bedroom for the over two-year-olds, at the orphanage where she spent the first three years of her life. Back then, Emma was Yekaterina Viktorovna Finenko, a tiny toddler with cropped blonde hair, inquiring brown eyes and a slightly asymmetrical face; one of children here at any given time. Until a woman from Howick, Auckland, arrived to take her away for a new life in New Zealand. And so it was that, in , Emma came to us wanting a favour. But for Emma, as for many of the Russian orphans adopted to New Zealand in the s, something was missing. She wanted to find her birth family, and she knew we were investigative journalists so figured we might be able to help.
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You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image. Like a kiwi? Russia's so-called kiwi has been identified as a bittern, perhaps like the Eurasian one seen here. Photo Wikimedia Commons It appears it was a case of mistaken identity for a reportedly lost kiwi bird which turned up in Russia. In fact, the bird was not a kiwi but a common bittern, Russian news website Pravda reported today. Russian media yesterday reported a kiwi had been living in a decorative garden for the past three days but it was not clear how the bird would have got there. However, Russian zoologist Alexander Kornilov said while the bird was similar in appearance to a kiwi, it was just a "usual bittern".