A 3-year-old girl who went missing has since been found.

Aroha went missing from Flaxmere, Hastings about 6pm.

She has since been found in good spirits, Senior Sergeant Nick Dobson of the Eastern District Command Centre said.

Aroha was nearby where she had been playing with a friend.

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Mr Dobson was thankful for the "great response" given by locals in assisting the

police search.

"Thanks to all involved - Community action is a wonderful thing" he said.