A town in deep shock
Mayor calls for community to band together
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.
‘‘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.’’