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Killing reportedly prompted by land dispute

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2011) – A New Zealand businessman in Vanuatu has been shot dead in what local media report could have been a dispute over land.

Dick Eade, who moved to Vanuatu 35 years ago, was a key recruiter for New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme.

Police say a man is in custody and will appear in court today in connection with the killing.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that police say the man in custody is being held for ‘a charge of intentional homicide, but [the]… investigations are continuing.’]

Mr Eade owned a huge vegetable farm which supplied most major hotels in Port Vila.

The Daily Post reports he had been planning a major land sub-division.

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