Sharp eyes on com­mu­nity

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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