30 Dec 2011

New Zealander killed in Vanuatu

2:38 pm on 30 December 2011

A New Zealand businessman in Vanuatu has been shot dead in what local media report could have been a dispute over land.

Dick Eade, who moved to Vanuatu 35 years ago, was a key recruiter for New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme.

Police say a man is in custody and will appear in court today in connection with the killing.

Mr Eade owned a huge vegetable farm which supplied most major hotels in Port Vila.

The Daily Post reports he had been planning a major land sub-division.