The Edge's Megan Annear reads emotional thank you note from Grace Millane's family

Radio host Megan Annear fought back tears as she read a heartfelt thank you note from the family of Grace Millane, the British backpacker killed in Auckland last year.

Annear, one third of The Edge's breakfast show, penned a powerful open letter in tribute to Millane after a 26-year-old male was charged with her murder.

On Thursday morning, Annear told listeners she had received a package from Millane's family in the UK, which included a thank you note and a white ribbon.

"When I opened it up and realised who it was from, there were a lot of raw emotions," she said. 

Annear read the letter through tears, after explaining she still thought of Millane often.

"We wanted to personally let you know how truly grateful we were to hear your radio show about our daughter, grace Millane, who came to New Zealand to enjoy her gap year, and to travel on to other parts of the world," the letter read.

"Your speech was moving and very emotional. It meant a lot to us as a family, that you spoke up for Grace.

"The supportive messages that we have received from the people of New Zealand is overwhelming."

The family included "one of Grace's ribbons" in support of White Ribbon, an organisation that tackles violence against women. 

In December, Annear hit back at online comments that victim-blamed Millane for being a solo traveller, or possibly having met her killer on Tinder.

"She was unfairly, gut-wrenchingly taken away from us. And it wasn't her fault," Annear said at the time.

"I'll say it again louder for the people in the back, this was not her fault. Nor was it her parents, who would've proudly dropped her off at the airport with a backpack on her back and a smile on her face."

Annear said she was "overwhelmed" by the gesture. 

"What an amazing family... to be thinking of me, and send me something nice, it just shows the kind of people they are, and how they don't deserve that."

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