'I forgive you' - Chris Crean's daughter sends message to his New Plymouth Black Power killers 21 years on

The daughter of Christopher Crean says she forgives the men who killed him 21 years ago, her statement coming as a drama recounting the story of his murder aired on TV on Sunday night.

Chris Crean, a 27-year-old father of four, was gunned down by Black Power members at his front door in New Plymouth in 1996.

Mr Crean was due to give evidence against Black Power over an assault he witnessed, and TVNZ1's Sunday Theatre Resolve told the story of his death.

In a lengthy post on the "My life journey" Facebook page, Mr Crean's daughter Stephanie Crean wrote that she forgives his killers.

"To all four men and the black power gang that were involved in the murder of my father Christopher Crean, my name is Stephanie Crean and I forgive you for murdering my father," she wrote in the post which was published on Sunday evening before Resolve went to air at 8.30pm.

"For many years I have not spoken to the media about how I feel about this heart breaking tragedy.

"I forgive you, not because what you did in murdering my father was right, because that was not right.

My dad was not a perfect man, but he was a good man. You too are not perfect men, but you can be good men. - Stephanie Crean

"I forgive you even though there was mention of shooting me only at the age of two.

"I forgive you so that you may have peace and I too. So that our families may have peace, and so that the community may have peace also. So that the nation may have peace, because that is what is right."

She continued: "I believe that with justice comes peace. Whether or not you are changed men, I forgive you."

Ms Crean wrote: "For many years the title above your heads has been of convicted murderers on the tv, in magazines, in newspapers, and even on the internet.  But today I write to you as sons of your fathers and mothers, as brothers to your brothers and sisters, as uncles to your nieces and nephews, and fathers to your sons and daughters.

"My dad was not a perfect man, but he was a good man. You too are not perfect men, but you can be good men. You may not be able to start a new beginning, but you can start a new ending. A good ending."

Ms Crean added: "I'm 22 this year, and what life has taught me the most is to love your enemies."

You can watch Resolve on demand here.

Stephanie Crean.
Stephanie Crean. Source: My life journey/ Facebook



Synthetic cannabis containing rat poison, horse tranquiliser and kitchen cleaner being sold in Hawke's Bay

Horse tranquiliser and rat poison are part of a disturbing list of chemicals being found in synthetic cannabis batches in Hawke's Bay, as police announced the region's own drug crisis.

In a statement released today, Eastern District Police said this month's string of life-threatening responses to synthetic cannabis in Auckland is also being seen in Hawke's Bay by police, St John Ambulance and hospital staff.

"There's been a lot of talk recently about synthetic cannabis in Auckland and other centres - and it's just as big a problem in Hawke's Bay," a statement on the Eastern District Police Facebook page said.

"There is a lot of home-made "synnies" circulating at the moment and it's dangerous stuff.

Synthetic cannabis seized in west Auckland raid.
Synthetic cannabis seized in west Auckland raid. Source: NZ Police

"Local sellers have told us they are using dried herbs (from the supermarket) and spraying them with kitchen spray cleaner and adding a dose of rat poison.

"Horse tranquiliser is also being used in some batches. It's relatively cheap and easy to get."

The statement from Eastern District Police comes as the Auckland death toll from a bad batch of synthetic cannabis reached eight overnight.

Auckland synthetic cannabis death toll hits eight for the month after man dies in Middlemore Hospital

Eastern District Police warned potential users off the drug saying "it's not cool and it's not trendy. It's deadly" and "you are basically putting POISON straight into your body".

Figures obtained by 1 NEWS show police are charging more people than ever over the drug. Source: 1 NEWS

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Metiria Turei to be interviewed by MSD investigator over benefit admission

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei will be interviewed by an investigator from the Ministry of Social Development after admitting she misled social services while on a benefit.

This month she confessed she sub-let her home and lied to Work and Income, as a single mum claiming benefits in the 90s. 

After writing to the ministry to say she would co-operate in any investigation, she spoke to an investigator over the phone today.

"During our phone call, I made myself available to be interviewed about my case.

"We are in the process of confirming the details of that meeting, but it will take place next week."

The Greens co-leader says 'a few hundred' people have approached her after her startling admission she lied to social services. Source: Breakfast

Earlier, Ms Turei said she would not condemn individuals who were struggling on the benefit and lying to social services, saying instead she wants to "fix the system".

On TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning, Ms Turei said "a few hundred" people had come to her with similar stories while currently receiving the benefit.

She described their situation as "desperate" and that they felt "like there's no way out."

"These people are my constituents, I take care of them," Ms Turei said. 

When asked by Jack Tame if she condones those people breaking the law she said, "I don't condemn these people for doing what I did".

"If we have a welfare system that drives people into such deep poverty... then what kind of system have we built?

"I'm not interested in judging these individual parents. I want to fix the system that forces them into these terrible, awful choices.

Ms Turei revealed she was told last week about the woman's deceitful situation. Source: 1 NEWS

"My job as a law maker is to make sure that every law in this country is fair, and just, and does not punish people unnecessary simply because they're poor."

She said it was difficult for people to go to WINZ if they were struggling due to it having "a culture of fear and punishment that forces these people to be terrified."

"We've cracked open the stories, let people come and describe their circumstances, get their full entitlements but make sure they are not punished for doing what they need to do to feed their kids." 

The government has confirmed a WINZ investigation into the matter is under way.

The Green Party co-leader's voice trembled as she spoke about the "difficult decisions" people make on low incomes. Source: Q+A

On Q+A last week, Turei says she is unsure how much money is at the centre of the investigation, but it was possibly about $20 to $50 dollars a week over about a three-year period.

The Green Party co-leader will meet with investigators next week over wrongfully claiming benefit money. Source: 1 NEWS