The man whose body was pulled out of Wellington Harbour is
formerly of Dunedin.
Graham Kenneth Hutcheon (57), of Upper Hutt, is believed to
have died after falling off the Interislander ferry on Sunday
His body was spotted near the entrance to the harbour on
His death has been referred to the coroner. Mr Hutcheon
attended Forbury School, Macandrew Intermediate and King's
A friend said Mr Hutcheon was a talented sportsman, and had
represented Otago in junior football.
He left school at 15 to join the New Zealand Railways as an
office clerk in Dunedin.
He later became an assistant purser on the interisland
Mr Hutcheon later established several successful business
ventures in the United Kingdom, including a bar in Soho aimed
at travellers from New Zealand and Australia, his friend
With his former wife, he started a public relations firm and
ran that for several years, before he returned to New
He last lived in Dunedin a decade ago, before moving to
Wellington to be closer to his ex-wife and their son and
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Sears, of Wellington, said
police were awaiting the final results of a postmortem that
was completed on Tuesday.
''We are continuing to work with the Interislander to
establish if he was a passenger on the 8pm sailing on
Police had also seized his vehicle, which was found a short
distance from the ferry terminal, he said.
Mr Hutcheon's family have requested privacy.