A schoolboy whose BMX was stolen is back on his bike thanks to an act of compassion.
Ariki Hoskin, 8, who lives in Devonport, was "really happy and excited" when a man turned up at his house with an almost-exact replica of the stolen bike - a Diamond Back Viper BMX.
The original bike was taken from his family's Devonport property on September 1 while Ariki was out walking with his cousins in the evening.
The family went to the police and searched for the bike to no avail, so Ariki's mother Mandy Hoskin wrote a letter to the North Shore Times.
An older reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted the newspaper after reading the letter.
After speaking to Mrs Hoskin he went out straight away and bought the bike.
Mrs Hoskin was so blown away by the man's generosity she wrote another letter to the editor, donning him a "super hero".
The gentleman was a very humble man, she says, but he's a hero to the family.
She says it is extra special because the original bike was given to Ariki in May this year by his oldest brother who lives in Australia.
"He'd waited three years for it," she says.
Ariki is very grateful to the man who did this for him.
"He was really nice.
"I would really like to thank him for what he did," he says.
- Justin Butler is a Witt Journalism student
- © Fairfax NZ News
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