A 10-year-old from Flaxmere says she wishes she had a peaceful city and home to live in, writing to Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst about her concerns.

Emily Keenan, who has lived in Flaxmere all her life, says she loves her community but sometimes feels anxious about going out in it.

"Flaxmere is an amazing place to live - I like it because I know a lot of people," she wrote to Hazlehurst.

"But I don't like how people hurt others and are mean to others. I think that we all need to at least show a little more care for others.


"Some of these people have really made me anxious and scared.

"We need to stop hurting others and stop being mean and get a grip and sort ourselves out.

"I am not asking for a big change I am asking for a peaceful city and home to live."

Hazlehurst said she was touched by the letter, and invited Keenan to come and speak to council about what would make her feel safer.

It was also suggested she head out with the Flaxmere Community Patrol.

Patrol Co-ordinator Jane Goodacre said they took to around to show her what they did.

She said they there to be the eyes and ears of the community, as a preventative measure, so they can report any suspicious activity back to the police.

Keenan said it made a difference knowing the patrol was out and about.


Her father, Farley Keenan said it was good the voice of a child had been listened too.

Flaxmere ward Councillor Henare O'Keefe said that there are more good people in Flaxmere than "naughty people".

He said he understood Keenan's fears were very real for her, but for many kids in Flaxmere they felt the exact opposite, that it was a great place to live, work and play.

"My suggestion to her is please don't lose faith in us."

He said Flaxmere is an opportunity not a liability.

There are 30 volunteer members of the Flaxmere community patrol, who work in Flaxmere, Bridge Pa and Twyford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.