Families grateful for Kiwi support

Last updated 13:48 03/04/2013

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The families of Eric and Kathy Hertz have thanked New Zealanders for the "tremendous outpouring of support and condolences being offered" in the wake of the death of the couple in a plane crash on Saturday.

Police found the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron on the sea floor, near Gannet Island, off the North Island's west coast, yesterday morning. It crashed into the ocean on Saturday morning. The couple were the only people onboard.

The families said in a statement that they were gradually awakening from the shock of their sudden loss and beginning to think about how best to recognise and celebrate the lives Eric and Kathy led.

"We will share those plans at the appropriate time," they said.

"Knowing that they both touched so many lives in a positive way is a profound reminder of how much they meant to us in our own lives. We are comforted and proud to know they were not just beloved in our families, but also integral and engaged members of the community they loved in New Zealand."

2degrees chairman Stewart Sherriff took over as interim chief executive of 2degrees yesterday.

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