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The tragic death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand has shaken the country, following her disappearance from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.

She was later recovered in the Waitakere Ranges area one week later, and a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged.

He is scheduled to appear in the high court in January 2019.

Grace's heartbroken father, David Millane, attended a Māori blessing ceremony close to where backpacker was discovered yesterday, and has since praised the compassion shown by the New Zealanders.

David is taking his beloved little girl home in the next few days, but thanked the New Zealand police for a “concise, stringent and thorough investigation”, as well as the local media for showing respect and courtesy "at all times."

He also gave thanks to locals who took his daughter into their hearts, saying; “From that very first moment we have been astounded by the level of concern, sympathy and selfless help from every person we have met.”

“We would like to thank the people of New Zealand for their outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion."

He continued in the statement, speaking on behalf of the Millane family;

“Grace was not born here and only managed to stay a few weeks, but you have taken her to your hearts and in some small way she will forever be a Kiwi.”

“We all hope that what has happened to Grace will not deter even one person from venturing out into the world,” he added.

Grace's father and uncle visited the Auckland bushland area near where she was found to receive a Māori blessing, which he described as a privilege, and a 'lovely and peaceful experience'.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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David Millane shared a hongi (nose press) with a local uniformed police officer in Auckland, a New Zealand traditional gesture.

Candlelight vigils were planned for Grace in every city in New Zealand on Wednesday, many of which were organised by women’s refuges and anti-violence organisations and activists.

Grace's family are organising her funeral in her hometown of Wickford, Essex. 

Our deepest condolences go out to Grace's loving family during this incredibly difficult time.

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Last July, Playboy model and former Playmate of the Year, Dani Mathers, made the incredibly misguided decision to secretly photograph a 70-year-old woman she encountered showering in the female locker room of a Californian gym.

Not content to just invade the woman's privacy by secretly photographing her, Dani then went on to share the image online, with the caption: "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

And, unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before the 30-year-old was the subject of intense online vitriol, but if Dani thought that was the worst of her problems, she was sorely mistaken.

The model then became the focus of LA authorities, who ultimately charged her with a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy – a charge she pleaded no contest to in May of this year in court,

With almost twelve months perspective on a case which caused considerable damage to the model's reputation and career, Dani decided to address the fall-out from the past year while chatting with Us Weekly,

Acknowledging that she made a grave error in judgement, Dani said: "I am sorry that it happened to this woman. But I am not sorry about what happened to me."

"My life flipped upside down. But it’s a blessing in disguise," she added.

After taking a year-long break from social media, Dani has realised the significance of her actions, and insists that she doesn't intend to downplay it.

"The bottom line is: "I’m so sorry." I never intended to hurt her. There was a lot of pain caused and I think she would like to put this behind her, as would I."

Having described the episode as a' blessing in disguise' Dani elaborated on her thought process, explaining: "When you’re told how much of a monster you are, it pushes you to look inside."

"I don’t ever want to be someone spitting hate. That’s really what I’ve learned. I also gained a lot of empathy and learned that everybody, at some point, has judged a person."

"Going through this past year and making it to the other side, I know I can handle almost anything," she insisted.

Dani now works with charity, Coupla Guys and Gals Give Back and currently heads up their anti-bullying department.

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