A powerful haka rang out across the tarmac at Christchurch Airport
this afternoon as the bodies of the latest three Kiwi soldiers to be
killed in action were carried onto home soil.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules, which flew the
bodies of Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31,
and Private Richard Harris, 21, was met by a large army contingent who
performed a sombre ramp ceremony.
The soldiers' families were the first to be invited on board the
Hercules, which arrived into Christchurch from Richmond military base in
Australia shortly before 2pm.
Holding each other, one audibly sobbing, they were led on-board the
aircraft to spend time with their loved ones for the first time since
The three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, on Sunday.
Their military pallbearers, selected by thei
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