Grace received an eerie comment the day before she went missing, & more in News in 5.

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1. The eerie comment left on Grace Millane’s Facebook the day before she went missing.

The day before UK backpacker Grace Millane was last seen alive in New Zealand, her accused killer left a comment on her Facebook profile photo.

The 26-year-old man, who was granted interim name suppression in the Auckland District Court on Monday, commented “beautiful, very radiant” on Grace’s photo on November 30.

The comment has since been removed.

Millane’s body was found by police on the outskirts of Auckland on Sunday after she went missing in the city on December 1, the day before her 22nd birthday.

On Monday New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology to the Millane family, saying her nation feels a collective shame over the young woman’s death.

Ms Ardern held back tears on Monday as she opened a press conference with an apology.

“From the Kiwis I have spoken to there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality … especially to those who are visiting our shores,” she said.

“On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologise to Grace’s family. Your daughter should have been safe here and she wasn’t and I’m sorry for that.”

The government had offered its support to the Millane family, Ms Ardern said.

“I cannot imagine the grief of her family and what they will be experiencing.”

Her sentiment echoed widespread shock among much of the public in New Zealand.

Candlelight vigils were on Monday being planned around the country during the week and the operators of the Sky Tower – the most distinctive building in Auckland’s skyline – said it would be lit in white until Thursday night as a tribute.

The Millane family were grateful and gave their blessing for the planned events, but would not be attending, police said in a statement.

Millane, from Essex, was on the second leg of a year-long world tour after graduating from university.

After visiting Peru, she arrived alone in New Zealand last month and had been in touch with family and friends nearly daily until her disappearance.

She was last seen on camera arriving at the CityLife Hotel in central Auckland with the murder-accused, who appeared in Auckland District Court on Monday and cannot yet be publicly named due to a ruling.


He’ll return to a higher court next year.

Police on Monday evening said a post-mortem had been carried out but declined to comment on the results. Their examination of dense bush where Ms Millane’s body was found was ongoing and officers were still appealing for witnesses near the scene.

2. Tributes flow in for young pilot, Nikita Walker, who was killed in a light plane accident in Tasmania.

Tributes are flowing for a young female pilot killed in remote Tasmanian wilderness when the plane she was flying to collect passengers crashed.

Nikita Walker was on a routine solo flight to pick up passengers in Melaleuca when the plane’s distress signal was activated about 40 minutes after takeoff.

The twin-engine plane crashed near the summit of West Portal, in the Western Arthur Range in the state’s southwest at 8.30am, with police searching 12 hours for the wreckage.

The 30-year-old had moved to Tasmania from Queensland a couple of years ago to train as a pilot with charter company Par Avion.

Par Avion’s parent company Airlines of Tasmania managing director Shannon Wells said it was a tragedy.

“We are mourning the loss of a great member of our team who was not only a work colleague but a much loved friend to everyone at the airline,” he said.

He said counselling would be provided for staff who were in shock over her death.

The plane’s emergency location transmitter was recovered from the wreckage on Sunday and will be examined in Hobart.


3. Malala urges youths to change the world.

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate left an 8000-strong Sydney audience on their feet cheering after she shared her life story and encouraged young people to change the world.

Malala Yousafzai is now taking her message to Melbourne on Tuesday.

She received a standing ovation at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on Monday night when she urged young people to believe in themselves.

“Do not let your age stop you from changing the world,” she said.

She told the Sydney crowd about the discrimination faced by women globally and praised the Me Too movement for raising awareness of gender inequality in western countries.

Ms Yousafzai, who is studying at Oxford University, also called for better treatment of refugees across the world.

The 21-year-old Pakistani woman rose to international prominence in 2012 when a masked gunman got on a bus and shot her in the face as she was on her way home from school in northern Pakistan, in response to her public advocacy of girls’ right to an education. She was 15.

Before being shot, Ms Yousafzai had been blogging for four years for the BBC about life under the Taliban and the restrictions on the lives of local women.

Her family relocated to England after the shooting, allowing Ms Yousafzai to complete her secondary and tertiary education.


At 17, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and established a foundation in her name to fundraise for girls’ education.

The event, organised by The Growth Faculty, is part of its Women World Changers series.

4. Majority of women harassed at work: survey.

Nearly two-thirds of women have been sexually harassed at work, along with more than a third of men, a union survey indicates.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions online survey on the issue received more than 9600 responses, with 64 per cent of women and 34 per cent of men reporting harassment. Results were released on Tuesday.

More than 82 per cent of harassers were men, but most of the behaviour is not being reported.

While almost 59 per cent of people disclosed their experience of harassment to another person, just 26.7 per cent pursued a formal complaint against their harasser.

More than half of people feared negative consequences for reporting sexual harassment.

ACTU president Michele O’Neil said workplace laws had failed women experiencing harassment at work.

“We need to change the rules. Sexual harassment is a workplace issue and people who experience it should be able to take it up through the workplace umpire,” Ms O’Neil said.


“We need access to fair, effective and efficient complaints mechanisms that support people who’ve been harassed, not punish them.”

Crude or offensive behaviour was the most common form of harassment, being reported by 69 per cent of respondents.

About 48 per cent experienced unwanted sexual attention, 35 per cent inappropriate touching and 18 per cent received explicit texts, emails or messages on social media.

Sexual coercion was experienced by eight per cent of respondents.

Two-thirds of people witnessed sexual harassment at work, with 23.6 per cent of those saying the harassment was frequent and 41.7 per cent saying it was occasional.

5. NRL star Walker in court over DV charge.

NRL player Dylan Walker is due to front court after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Police say a 24-year-old woman suffered minor cuts to her shoulder, leg and feet at a home in Dee Why after the alleged domestic violence incident on December 6.

Walker was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Manly Sea Eagles centre was granted bail to appear at Manly Local Court on December 11.

Manly chief executive Lyall Gorman said the matter has been referred to the NRL Integrity Unit.