Sharp eyes on community
There are now over 900 sets of eyes looking out for fellow neighbours as Tokoroa’s Neighbourhood Support groups grow.
The number of groups rallying together has more than doubled in the last three years.
Anyone who joins will become a part of a group in their own street.
Area co-ordinater Janet Paiti said the increase in numbers is due to ‘‘proactive’’ promotion.
‘‘I reckon it is because people are more aware of it,’’ she said.
One of the more remarkable efforts Paiti has gone to is the translation of pamphlets into Cook Island and Samoan.
Paiti said she was recognised nationally for the unique concept.
‘‘We had people that joined and didn’t know what it was about because they couldn’t understand the English translation.’’
Community constable Jaks Sherwood said Putaruru and Tirau have nothing set up.
But before reaching out to the rest of the district the pair want to get Tokoroa booming first.
All homes are welcome but Sherwood said they are targeting high crime areas.
To join call Janet Paiti on 021 121 0376
Eyes open: Community constable Jak Sherwood, left, and Neighbourhood Support area coordinator Janet Paiti are working together.