Grace Millane: Hundreds march for women affected by violence

Hundreds of people have taken part in marches in memory of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane.

Ms Millane was killed around December 1-2 shortly after arriving in New Zealand alone on her OE. A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Vigils were held across the country on Wednesday evening, where speakers called for a change to New Zealand's culture of violence against women.

Mark Longley, whose daughter Emily was killed in 2011 after a short yet violent relationship, spoke at both Auckland vigils and asked people to step in if something seems off.

"I ask people to change their attitude so there's not another family going to visit their daughter in a morgue, looking at her thinking, 'I wish someone had stepped up, I wish someone had done something to intervene before it was too late,'

"We need to stop accepting that this is fine."

Marches took place in both Auckland and Christchurch on Saturday and saw hundreds walk through the man streets of the city.

In Auckland, a banner was placed at the front of the march quoting the John Lennon song 'Imagine'. The march proceeded up Queen St before ending with a moment of silence on Aotea Square.

Christchurch march organiser Jocelyn Bowden said her march was a memorial for all the women in New Zealand killed through violence.

"I got really angry and really devastated with what happened to [Ms Millane], and I think it's also important that we acknowledge the others in New Zealand who have also suffered the same fate."

Ms Millane's body will be flown back to the UK this weekend.


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