The parents of six year old Coral Burrows are relieved that Coralâ€™s body has been found but are asking for time and space to mourn her death.
In a statement issued through police, Coralâ€™s parents Jeanna Cremen and Ron Burrows and their extended family want to thank the police, volunteers and public for the support given in the search for their young daughter and granddaughter.
"This is a very difficult and sad time for us and we need to come to terms with Coralâ€™s death. We remember her as a bright and friendly child. Sheâ€™s loved by all of us and sheâ€™ll always be remembered.
"The level of support shown to us by so many people, many of them unknown, from all around New Zealand is very humbling. The kind messages of support, offers of practical help and assistance during the last 10 days will stay with us forever.
"Our plea to all New Zealanders is to treasure your children and help keep them safe."