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Tokoroa rallies to find missing girl

SONIA SMITH
Last updated 12:00 12/03/2014
 Tokoroa
MARK TAYLOR/Fairfax NZ

TOKOROA: Often in the news for the wrong reasons.

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A young girl went missing from her Tokoroa home yesterday.

A few hours later, a relative posted a picture and information on the Tokoroa Community Facebook page and asked the people of Tokoroa to share her post.

While many did share, the people of Tokoroa did much more than that. They got in their cars with their dogs and torches. They walked the streets. They posted where they had been and where they were going to look next.

Some were family; others were strangers feeling compelled to look.

I went out to look for this young girl, and I told all the people I saw that a young girl was missing. Some already knew; some had new direction that night and made it their goal to find her.

I drove down the highway and smaller streets. I went through alleyways, and in the darkness cars upon cars were slowly driving down almost every street.

There were torches galore, as if we were trying to signal Batman, and one thing went through my mind (other than finding this girl) - I love my community.

Tokoroa is often in the news for something bad, and the stereotype is that we are bad news. Stay clear; don't stop there. But Tokoroa is the place that if your daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister or friend is missing, people will get out of the comfort of their own beds in the middle of the night and look for her and expect nothing in return.

She was found safe and well.

I moved here seven years ago, with people telling me this town was trouble.

Instead, I found a loving, caring community. This is why I love this township and felt compelled to share.

This won't make the news. Things like this never do.

So I wanted to shout from the rooftops and make it known that while Tokoroa has its ups n downs, it's a pretty cool community to live in. Pretty cool indeed. 


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