I think most of the world know about the murder of Grace Millane here in New Zealand but you really have to be over here to feel the level of sadness that we are all feeling as a country. There have been so many candle light vigils through out New Zealand as people struggle to cope with the grief and disbelief over what has happened. I have seen many people posting that they are ashamed of being a New Zealander because of what has happened. I am not ashamed and nor do I have any reason to be but I am very upset about it and totally disappointed and upset that this has happened. Sadly we are not exempt from having arseholes and sick nasty people (sorry there really aren’t any words strong enough) just like every other country. But and this is a bloody big but the huge majority of people are good people in this country (as I am sure is the case around the world) if you lined them all up the good people with kind hearts would out way the bad people. The out pouring of support and Aroha (love) that has been shown not only to Grace’s family that are here but to other back packers / travelers and even strangers to each other over this murder is also overwhelming.
This will help you understand the level of support and compassion that is being shown to the family after her father has released this statement –
He thanked New Zealand in his statement for the “outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion”.
He said, “Grace was not born here and only managed to stay a few weeks, but you have taken her to your hearts and in some small way she will forever be a Kiwi.”
Grace went off to travel the world in mid-October and arrived in New Zealand on the 20th November.
By the amount of pictures and messages we received she clearly loved this country, its people and the lifestyle.
After the disappearance of Grace on 1st December 2018 our whole world turned upside down.
I arrived in Auckland on Friday 7th December, followed by my brother Martin on Saturday 8th.
From that very first moment we have been astounded by the level of concern, sympathy and selfless help from every person we have met.
Auckland Police have carried out the most concise, stringent and thorough investigation.
The team, consisting at times of over 24 officers have worked arduous long hours without a day off, little sleep or rest in helping to resolve this heinous crime.
The media and press have been superb in their coverage and reporting of the events surrounding Grace’s tragic final days.
They have not intruded into our life and have been respectful and courteous at all times.
Gill, Michael, Declan and myself would sincerely like to thank everybody involved and express our most profound gratitude.
For full article – https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/grace-millane-s-father-thanks-new-zealand-in-moving-statement/ar-BBQPthN?ocid=ob-fb-ennz-313&fbclid=IwAR30MbN7wM2Pd0SRMNwz4oMzT6tqyJlAEevd86Yvi_hsJmtQl6B6KoelKK8
One thing so upsetting about this whole case is the power of social media and the media in general. PLEASE DO NOT SAY THE ACUSED MURDERS NAME HERE ON THIS POST NOR GIVE LINKS TO ANY NEWS ARTICLES WITH IT IN IT. Here in New Zealand we can be charged for releasing his name eg to share an overseas article that names him on our Facebook pages is an offence. I have seen the overseas articles that name him and had his picture. When you read what follows you will see how wrong this is. Because his name has been released this was in our main New Zealand news website today http://www.nzherald.co.nz –
New Zealand’s leading barristers are concerned a trial for the man accused of British backpacker Grace Millane’s murder may have already been compromised because of continuous suppression breaches.
The latest example occurred when Google sent a mass email to New Zealand subscribers naming the 26-year-old accused.
New Zealand Bar Association vice-president Jonathan Eaton QC said while the case has naturally sparked a very strong public response, the public and media need to respect the accused’s fair trial rights.
“There is an alarming trend in the reporting and the sharing of information of this case that could open the way to defence counsel arguing that the accused could not get a fair
trial,” he said.
Bar Association president Kate Davenport QC also called for those who are breaching the interim suppression order, or suggesting ways people can circumvent it, to stop.
Here is the link to the full article – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12176375
Can you imagine how the world will feel if this happens???? He has been moved to a secure wing in prison as the inmates have already made a decision on him and also with it being such a high profile case for some of them wanting to earn their stripes in prison as such giving him a serve will earn those stripes.
The whole thing is so over whelming, I can’t even express the sadness I feel for Grace and her family and friends. All I can do is offer my condolences to them with seem feeble because my heart breaks for them. We ALL (not just females) should be safe in this world, we all should be safe to move and go where we want when we want but this just is not possible. I seriously hope that justice is served and I hope the justice is harsh and serves as a warning to any others that may consider committing this sort of crime.
You might wonder what does this have to do with my sober journey and it’s nothing and everything. I will not take away from the importance of Graces case but I do think would I feel so deeply about it or be as aware if I was still living my life in the bottle and a hazy cloudy world??? Some how I doubt it.