15 January 2010
The media conference was led by Elliot Cree, Nick's younger brother, supported by Elliot's wife Ingrid Cree. Also present were Nick's dad Denis Cree, his younger sister Stacey Cree and her partner Matt Bradley. Nick was originally from Wellington.
Elliot Cree's Statement
"Nick was an amazing person. He has always loved flying. He joined the Air Force at the age of 18. He gained his BTech in Aviation in Canberra and has achieved so much since then. He served our country in Timor, Singapore and the Solomons which we are all so proud of. The high point of his career was being selected and flying for the Red Checkers display team.
Although his lifelong passion was flying he was an excellent sportsman. He sailed, skied, played soccer and more recently he conquered the NZ Ironman for the second time.
He always gave everything 100 percent and was really good at everything he did. He was so proud of his new son Jackson, and loved his wife Sarah so much.
He was such a family man, always there for us. He was the best brother, son and friend anyone could ask for.
Nick would have no regrets, as he had done almost everything in his 32 years. He farmed, was building his dream home, had a gorgeous son and married the girl of his dreams.
We are all going to miss him so much!"
The family will make no further comment to the media and ask that this request be respected by all. A Service Funeral will be held RNZAF Base Ohakea on Tuesday and is closed to all media at the request of the family.
Point of Contact is Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki, Air Force Media Adviser on 021 420 899