Story: Families: a history

Twins and triplets

Twins and triplets

The number of multiple births is rising slightly, but few schools start the school year with eight sets of twins and one set of triplets. This happened at Waimea Intermediate School in Nelson in February 2005. The principal of the school, Cleve Shearer, said that, while they had often had twins at the school, it was exceptional to have so many enrolling at the same time. While some twins and triplets were in the same class, many of them were in different classes.

In the front row (from left) are Katie, Amber and Nicole Clark; in the second row, Katie and Matthew Ayers, Karyssa-Jean and Lance Momo, and Benton and Gage Brown; in the third row, Jessica and Michael Threadgill, Jordan and Mitchell Robb, and Viviana and Jonathon Culleton; and in the back row, Layton and Kayley Murdoch, and Georgia and Jacob Thomson-Laing.

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Nelson Mail
Reference: 2 February 2005
Photograph by Marion Van Dijk

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Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Families: a history - 21st-century families', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30226/twins-and-triplets (accessed 16 May 2021)

Story by Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2017