On the morning of 23 September 2009 Helen Meads was murdered by her husband Greg at the stables on their Matamata farm. It was the final chapter in years of control and abuse.
Here, Helen’s father David White describes the events of that day, and what led to it, and tells of the ordeals that a family is subjected to when one of their own is murdered.
It is a poignant and compelling story. There are issues of custody, access and bail, and looming court appearances. And often, as in this case, there is the killer’s family to deal with.
Finally, there is also the bureaucracy and the media that have to be faced and accepted as inevitable intrusions on the private lives of the victim’s families. Families who would prefer to be left alone to grieve. Now that the trial and sentencing have been completed, much more can be told.
About David White David White started at Whitcombe and Tombs Lambton Quay, Wellington, in 1962 behind the educational book counter in the middle of the varsity student rush, (no University bookshops in those days).
Davidwas the opening Manager for their Porirua shop, then transfered to Queen Street, Auckland to work in the education deptartment. From 1975 to 1981 he was the Hodder and Stoughton rep based in Wellington, then moved to Hamilton to be the opening manager for the new London Bookshop there: transfered from there to their St. Lukes store and in 1987 bought the Highland Park Bookshop. During his period at Highland Park Bookshop, David served on the Booksellers NZ Council.
David and his wife Pam sold that business after 13 years at the end of 1999, taking an early retirement, retiring to Waikato to build a large garden.
Until the death of his daughter Helen, his retirement consisted of driving a milk tanker for nine months of the year, and fulfilling dreams for the other three. Now responsible for his grandchildren, he is also actively involved in the prevention of violence towards women.
HELEN: The Helen Meads Tragedy by David White Published by David Ling Publishing March 2012 ISBN 9781877378508