'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