THE body of New Zealand punk singer Steve Andrews has been returned to Wellington, more than a month after he died after a fight outside a London pub.
Mr Andrews was well-known and respected in the Wellington music scene, but had spent more than a decade living overseas.
He suffered serious head injuries following the fight outside the Duke’s Head pub in Putney around midnight on December 9.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident.
Family spokesperson Helen Coffey said friends had contributed the cost of bringing Mr Andrews’ body home
“It has been a huge relief to finally have him with us after navigating what, at times, has seemed like a lengthy legal process,” she told APNZ.
Mr Andrews, 46, was thought to have been celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday, and had worked as a postie for about 15 years.
“The stories have made us both laugh and cry. They have all shown how many lives he touched.”
A memorial service will be held on Monday in Wellington.