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Public health nurse held for killing Kiwi businessman

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 4, 2012) – Vanuatu’s deputy police commissioner says people have been pressuring the police to deal swiftly with the man accused of killing a New Zealand businessman.

Philip Tanaki, a well-known nurse in the public health system, will appear in court on January the 9th charged with the intentional homicide of Dick Eade.

Arthur Caulton says people saw Mr. Tanaki shoot Mr. Eade, a prominent vegetable grower, in the upper body at about 1pm on December the 29th following an argument over land.

[PIR editor’s note: Eade was the first recruiter for workers in the seasonal employment initiative for Vanuatu to New Zealand. Eade, who owned a large vegetable farm that supplied most of Port Vila's hotels with fresh produce, had lived in Vanuatu for 35 years. He had recently shifted business interests to real estate. Tanaki and Eades were involved in a land plot for which Tanaki was paying rent and Eade held title. Police representatives say that Tanaki, who works as a nurse at Vila Central Hospital, apparently abused patients and was very aggressive in his nursing role.]

He says Mr. Eade recruited half of the 2,000 ni-Vanuatu who have participated in New Zealand’s Recognized Seasonal Employers Scheme.

"There has been pressure from the public living around Mr. Dick Eade’s area that we should deal with him according to the law and we’ve told them that he’s now in police custody so there’s nothing to do with him at the moment and it’s up to the court to deal with him in accordance with the law."

Arthur Caulton says the police are awaiting the outcome of a postmortem on Mr. Eade’s body.

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