Cabinet Minister Paula Bennett has given an emotional speech on behalf of the family and friends of a woman allegedly murdered while jogging in the Auckland suburb of Remuera.
At a press conference in Auckland, a visibly upset Ms Bennett described 41-year-old mother-of-two Jo Pert - a friend of 25 years - as a devoted mum with a passion for life.
"Jo was an absolutely devoted mum, who always put her kids first before anything else. She was mother help in their class, involved in their sports and their activities, and her life revolved around their needs."
She said Ms Pert, originally from Whanganui, had been living in Auckland for about 10 years and had spent nine years in London as an accountant.
Meanwhile, police are appealing to residents on Shore Rd who have private CCTV systems to come forward.
Ms Pert's body was found on the front lawn of a residential property around 11am on Thursday. Police say it appears she had been out jogging when she was attacked.
A 24-year-old man turned himself into police shortly after, along with a weapon he allegedly used in the killing.
He was charged with murder and appeared before Judge Claire Ryan in the Auckland District Court yesterday morning.
The man has been granted interim name suppression and will have to undergo a psychiatric assessment.
His lawyer, Louise Freyer, did not submit a bail application and Judge Ryan remanded him in custody to appear in the High Court later this month.
In an attempt to reconstruct the movements of both Ms Pert and her killer, police are asking to hear from anybody who may have footage from around 9:00am until 10:30am, or who may have been in the area to get in touch.
A dedicated phone line 0800 765 842 has been set up, along with an email address email@example.com to help with the investigation.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hooper says police especially want to talk to anybody who may have seen Ms Pert running along Shore Rd between the Bassett Rd and Brighton Rd roundabout and the Orakei Rd roundabout.
Police want to hear from people who walked this section of Shore Rd on January 7
He said it is important that residents in the surrounding area know that despite an arrest having been made, the investigation is still ongoing and any information that can assist in piecing together the attack is vital to the operation.
Det Insp Hooper said police will be working through the weekend and hopes residents will front up with any information and recordings they have.
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