Memorial : Constable Edward Mark Best - New Zealand Police
Constable Edward Mark Best
Died: 11 October 1941
In Koiterangi (now Kowhitirangi) near Hokitika on the West Coast together with Sergeant Cooper, Constables Jordan and Tulloch, while trying to apprehend Stanley Graham.
Graham, a West Coast farmer, shot Constable Best, the afore mentioned Police Officers and three civilians, after refusing to hand over his firearms.
This was the largest manhunt in New Zealand, and after 12 days, seven people had died including Graham.
An eighth victim died eighteen months later from gunshot wounds that they had received.