Teens come to stranded woman’s aid

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

When Mata­mata’s Scar­lett Mor­gana-rose Nis­bett saw smoke com­ing out of her ve­hi­cle while pass­ing through a strange town at night she was un­der­stand­ably wor­ried.

Nis­bett was on her way to Tai­hape when she de­cided to stop in Toko­roa for din­ner. It was then that she saw smoke bil­low­ing out from under her bon­net.

‘‘I was think­ing what am I go­ing to do? I have in­sur­ance but I don’t have road­side as­sist and I didn’t know any­one in town,’’ she said.

With lit­tle knowl­edge about me­chan­ics and her part­ner al­ready well away down the line Nis­bett felt very alone.

But not for long. The hospi­tal­ity of Toko­roa’s com­mu­nity soon saw to that.

‘‘Th­ese two young teenage boys were busk­ing and they just grabbed all their coins and came run­ning over and said ‘‘miss are you al­right, do you need any help?’’ I said I don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing. I was in shock, I thought it was go­ing to blow up,’’ she said.

‘‘They opened up the bon­net and seemed to have a fairly good idea of what was go­ing on. We waited un­til it cooled down and then one of them went to a shop and got a bucket so we could put wa­ter in the ra­di­a­tor.’’

She said a lo­cal lady called Lisa also pulled over and later on a man.

‘‘I have driven through Toko­roa be­fore and thought it is not a bad place but from what oth­ers say it gets a bad rep­u­ta­tion so I was sur­prised by the amount of peo­ple who of­fered to help,’’ she said. ‘‘I was so ap­pre­cia­tive of what the peo­ple in Toko­roa did for me.’’

She said de­spite the two teenagers look­ing for jobs they re­fused pay­ment for their help.

The gen­eros­ity didn’t end there ei­ther as Lisa, who or­gan­ised a lo­cal tow­ing com­pany to take Nis­bett’s ve­hi­cle to a me­chanic so it would be safe for the night, also drove her home. All the way to Mata­mata.

‘‘She had just come back from Auck­land but said she would drive me home and she wouldn’t take any money for gas,’’ she said.

‘‘Words can not ex­press the grat­i­tude I feel.’’

A Mata­mata woman was over­whelmed by the help she re­ceived from peo­ple in Toko­roa af­ter smoke started com­ing out of her bon­net. Pic­tured is one of the teenages who helped.

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