Matthew Backhouse is a NZME. News Service journalist based in Auckland.

Bali bombing: Kiwi victims to attend 10th anniversary

The scene of one of the Bali bombings in 2002. File photo / AP
The scene of one of the Bali bombings in 2002. File photo / AP

Eight Kiwi victims of the 2002 Bali bombings are returning to the Indonesian island to attend Friday's 10th anniversary ceremony.

The Government has offered to pay for those who were seriously injured and up to two family members of those who died to attend the commemoration.

Three New Zealanders - Mark Parker and Jared Gane, both 27, and Jamie Wellington, 31 - were among the 202 people killed when a bomb ripped through a popular nightspot in downtown Kuta, just over a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Murray McCully said no next of kin of the dead New Zealanders were likely to attend the commemorations - though Australian-based relatives of Mr Gane were attending with the Australian delegation.

About eight New Zealanders who were injured or suffered lasting trauma in the bombing were expected to attend.

All had taken the Government up on its financial assistance offer.

The total number of New Zealanders who will travel to Bali for the ceremony was unknown.

Mr McCully would host a morning tea for the New Zealand community after the ceremony.

The Australian government has given an assistance package to their family members to cover airfares, ground transport, accommodation, travel and visa costs.


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