Rich lister Culum Manson is father of killed jogger Jo Pert's children

Mother of two Jo Pert was killed in Remuera on Thursday, allegedly by a 24-year-old stranger.
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Mother of two Jo Pert was killed in Remuera on Thursday, allegedly by a 24-year-old stranger.

The father of killed jogger Jo Pert's children is the director of one of the country's biggest construction firms. 

Culum Manson, 40, is the director of Mansons TCLM, a family construction business, The Herald on Sunday reported. 

Manson's two children Molly, 6, and Harry, 7, have been left without a mother following Pert's death in Remuera on Thursday. 

Culum Manson, pictured, is the father of murder victim Jo Pert's two young children.
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Culum Manson, pictured, is the father of murder victim Jo Pert's two young children.

Pert, 41, was out jogging when she was allegedly attacked by a 24-year-old who is not believed to be known to her. 

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The newspaper reported Pert had been in a relationship with Manson for two years and split when she fell pregnant with Molly.

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Paula Bennett spoke to the media on behalf of Jo Pert's family, paying tribute to the slain woman as an "absolutely devoted mum".

Mansons was started in the 1970s by family patriarch Ted Manson and is now run by his three sons Culum, Luke and Mac. 

The National Business Review estimated the family's wealth at $450 million. 

The business received attention in 2010 after its offices were searched by police following the murder of mother Carmen Thomas. 

Jo Pert at a Robbie Williams concert with her cousin.
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Jo Pert at a Robbie Williams concert with her cousin.

Mansons engineer Brad Callaghan, Carmen's ex partner, was later convicted of her murder. 

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The 24-year-old charged with Pert's murder appeared briefly in the Auckland District Court on Friday. 

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in the High Court at Auckland later in January. 

It's understood Pert tried to get help from a Shore Rd home after she was attacked, but died on the residence's front lawn. 

Pert lived in an inner city apartment owned by her mother Janice Pert.

Her father Kevin Pert was based in Whanganui with Pert's brother Paul. A second sibling, Chris, lived overseas, The Herald on Sunday said. 

Pert has been remembered as intelligent, warm, and an amazing mother by friends and family alike. 

On Saturday her long-time friend, MP Paula Bennett, said Pert put her kids before anything else. 

"She was mother-help in their class, involved in their sports and activities. Her life revolved around their needs," Bennett said.

""She was a fiercely intelligent and driven woman."

Pert worked in London as an accountant for nine years before returning to Auckland, where she had lived for 10 years.

On her return to New Zealand she studied herbal medicine, acupuncture and business while raising two young children.

Police want to hear from residents on Shore Rd whose security cameras might have recorded Joanne or the alleged offender between about 9am and 10.30am on Thursday, January 7.

They are also appealing for sightings of Pert running along Shore Rd between the Bassett Rd and Brighton Rd roundabout and the Orakei Rd roundabout at that time.

Anybody with information can contact the police on 0800 765 842. A dedicated email address has been set up for the investigation, called Operation Solitaire: solitaire@police.govt.nz.

 - Stuff

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