Supporters march

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One hundred and forty people turned up for Gore’s March for Moko on Monday morning.
The main reason for the march was to help save young lives and create louder voices for New Zealand children, organisers said.
March organiser Paige Kirk, of Happy2Help, said she was extremely happy with the turnout.
‘‘I am really, really happy with this and it reflects how seriously the community takes the issue of child abuse. They are the eyes and ears who can take charge and help make a change,’’ Mrs Kirk said.
She spoke to those gathered before the march began, outlining the importance of community in the battle to break the cycle of abuse and ensuring our leaders see the need for change.
Mrs Kirk said it was important for those who are involved in or witness abuse to reach out to community organisations to seek help and make a change.
Te Iho Awhirito Social Service youth worker Lloyd Tuhakaraina said it was good to see the strong community turnout and support.
‘‘Although it was a silent protest it was good to see the impact we could have as we were seen by locals in the community,’’ Mr Tuhakaraina said.
Detective Inspector Lewis Warner said yesterday that police wanted to acknowledge the officers who worked on the investigation into Moko’s death.
‘‘Any case involving a young and vulnerable victim like Moko is extremely difficult for all involved, and I would like to commend the officers involved for their diligence and professionalism,’’ he said.
The killers of three-yearold Moko Rangitoheriri have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment.