Are you going to apologise to these families too, Jacinda?

Poor Grace Millane. A young woman murdered in her youth. A young woman with everything to look forward to, cut down in her prime in downtown Auckland. It is terribly sad. We are all horrified and ashamed that something like this should happen in our country, when we pride ourselves on being a safe place for tourists to visit.

Stuff ?reports: quote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apologised on behalf of New Zealand to the family of killed British backpacker Grace Millane.

“Firstly, I cannot imagine the grief of her family and what they will be experiencing and feeling right now,” Ardern said.

“All New Zealanders will feel heartbreak for that family.

The prime minister became choked up and tearful as she spoke about the case.? end quote.

It is any parent’s nightmare. That it should have happened here, in a country that is known to be relatively safe, is a double blow. We are ashamed.

Murder in New Zealand is all too common these days. While we still have relatively few murders here, compared to the US, Britain or South Africa, it still happens a lot. Probably more often than you realise.

For example, did you know that there had been at least 5 murders in the last week, including that of Grace Millane? quote.

Christchurch Police have named the man who died in hospital as a result of his injuries over the weekend as Shayne George Heappey.

The 25-year-old was admitted to Christchurch Hospital around 11pm on Saturday (8 December) and later died of his injuries, sparking a homicide investigation by police.

Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said the investigation is ongoing and a post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow.

“Police and Victim Support are working closely with the family of Mr Heappey at this difficult time,” Parnell said. end quote.

TVNZ ?reports on Sunday, December 9th: quote.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the murder of ?21-year-old ?Rima Fernando Sikei who received fatal stab wounds in the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill on Friday night.

The man is also charged with attempted murder. A second victim who was found with stab wounds is still in Auckland Hospital in a stable condition and a third victim sustained a broken arm. end quote.

Then there was this one, of a New Zealander in Samoa: quote.

Samoan police have arrested and charged three men in relation to the death of former Auckland student Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili.

The Samoa Police Service posted about the arrests on their Facebook page tonight.

They did not say what charges the men were facing over?Tauili’ili’s death, which occurred at Moto’otua Hospital?on Wednesday.

Tauili’ili, who was aged in his early 20s and worked as a civil engineer in Samoa, had been in a coma or several days after he suffered severe injuries in what relatives alleged was a group beating. end quote.

Let us not forget the unfortunate man who was decapitated in Petone last week. A bone-chilling case, on December 4th.?Newshub?reports: quote.

A former employer of the elderly man who was brutally decapitated last week in Petone has spoken about her grief.

The woman, who Newshub has chosen not to name, spoke of the loss of a man she says was “a kind person with a great sense of humour”.

Her message comes on the same day that a 41-year-old man has been charged with 71-year-old Francis “Frank” Tyson’s gruesome murder. end quote.

That is 5 murders in the last week in New Zealand… (well, one in Samoa), of a New Zealand citizen.

I, for one, am a bit gobsmacked by it all.

The murder of Grace Millane was a tragedy and her family must be devastated. Words cannot express how awful this case is. We should be truly ashamed of the direction our country is heading. We are so sorry this has happened.

But we should be sorry for all of the murders that have happened in the last week, Jacinda, because each and every one of those families is devastated and none of us can imagine the grief that ANY of their families are feeling right now.

God rest all of their souls and although it may be a vain hope, I truly pray that none of them suffered too much.