May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Missing girl found

2 min read

Shakahn Te Rangi has been found safe in Hamilton, the 13 year old neice of child abuse campainer Cherie Kararangi Sweeny went missing on Sunday around 5pm after going to the local fish and chips shop in Hastings.

Whanau and friends were seriously concerned about her welfare as this was out of character for her.

A Facebook group was set up to help spread word about her disappearance and generated huge interest and over 4,000 fans (in two days). It was announced there today at 12pm that she had been located. The following comment was posted saying:

“The family would like to extend their many thanks to all those who have supported them during this tough time. Your regards symbolize the strength of the NZ public and with your mana and love, have lead to us finding Shakahn. Once again, Thank You All..

Hastings Area Commander Inspector Dean Clifford told the Hawke’s Bay Today that the 13-year-old girl and her friend last night sent a text to a family member saying they were in Hamilton. Police last night visited several houses in the city looking for the pair.

Mr Clifford said police in Hamilton had spoken to the girls late this morning through a family member and had picked them up and taken them to Hamilton Central police station.

Initially pleas to the police for help in fell on deaf ears with Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt saying it was “not the story of the century” and he was “tired of speaking to media” about it.

Shakahn’s mother Yasmine Munro told the Otago Daily Times, that the comments were disgusting. Shakahn’s disappearance was “very out of character for her” and police had been “quite useless”, she said.

Senior Sergeant Kevin Stewart said police were making inquiries, but said Shakahn had gone missing with another girl who was a constant runaway and that the media interest appeared to be sparked by the Facebook page (thank goodness because without it who knows how long she would have gone missing!

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