The sudden deaths of two young girls in the past few weeks - in unrelated incidents - are being investigated by the Coroner.

As many youngsters returned to school this week, one school in West Auckland was rallying to support its community following the tragic death of one its pupils, a 10-year-old girl.

The Massey Primary School pupil died on Friday January 27.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in her death, which was being referred to the Coroner, but it was "an absolute tragedy.''


It has since been revealed that a second girl - a 9-year-old - died in similar circumstances early last month.

It is understood the girl, from Kaitaia, died in Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital in early January, Fairfax reported.

A spokesman for the Coroner told the publication the "suspected self-inflicted death'' was also under investigation by the Coroner.

This week, clinical child and adolescent psychologist Dr Sarah Watson advised that parents listen if their child was in distress and to take their concerns seriously.

"Take the time to really listen...[and for harmful thoughts or behaviour] that arise out of distress - you want to be talking about the reasons for the distress and what to do about it.

"Help them find hope,'' she said.

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