A town in deep shock

Mayor calls for com­mu­nity to band to­gether

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By FLORENCE KERR

A staunch Toko­roa stal­wart says the town is still the best part of the Waikato.

Taupo Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor Steve Bul­lock has called Toko­roa home for more than 20 years and said the events of the week­end did not re­flect the ‘‘great fam­ily at­mos­phere’’ in the town.

‘‘ Like many small towns we have that strong sense of com­mu­nity pride, I love this town and those that live here know that the events that oc­curred do not rep­re­sent what our town is about.’’

Mr Bul­lock de­scribed the week­end’s events as a for the com­mu­nity’’.

‘‘That’s the tragedy in these types of cases. There are only vic­tims, the Glassie and Ginns fam­i­lies and of course our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­cause of our close-knit bonds in our town we will rally be­hind the fam­i­lies through this hard time.’’

Mr Bul­lock also cred­its the Toko­roa Po­lice and com­mu­nity for work­ing to­gether.

‘‘sad time

‘‘This week­end proved just how unique our town is, we had the com­mu­nity work­ing along­side the po­lice.

‘‘The re­al­ity of be­ing a po­lice per­son in a small town is that you are part of the com­mu­nity, our of­fi­cers go that ex­tra mile in their job be­cause they have a vested in­ter­est. I am ex­tremely proud of our team in Toko­roa. They get re­sults.’’

South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair is call­ing on res­i­dents to band to­gether. ‘‘The Toko­roa com­mu­nity has lived through tragic events be­fore,’’ said Sin­clair.

‘‘ The com­mu­nity here has a tremen­dous spirit. Now is a time of sup­port and com­pas­sion. While our com­mu­nity is di­verse, we em­brace a car­ing and co­he­sive na­ture.

‘‘The events of this past week­end do not de­fine Toko­roa.’’

South Waikato District Coun­cil­lor Barrie Her­lihy, who is a neigh­bour of the Ginns, said his heart goes out to the Glassie and Ginns fam­i­lies.

‘‘It is a shock­ing blow to both fam­i­lies who are well-known in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘My heart goes out to Mata and her fam­ily and to Nancy and Bruce (Ginns). They are won­der­ful par­ents who now have to do some­thing that no par­ent should ever have to do and that’s bury their son so we must rally around both fam­i­lies and give them sup­port.’’

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