Celebrations could call for cabbages
Planning has started for Tirau’s 130th anniversary celebrations.
A series of events have been suggested for the six months between April and December.
The idea is the brainchild of South Waikato District councillor Warren Lee.
Mr Lee has been in discussions with several Tirau residents interested in forming a committee to run the celebrations.
‘‘It’s a chance for a celebration,’’ he said. ‘‘Tirau’s got a great history. If we can spread events out, it will be a lot better for the community and it will attract more visitors into the town.’’
Mr Lee said he hoped community groups would create and run their own events as part of the anniversary.
The events would also double as fundraisers for the groups involved.
Mr Lee has compiled a list about 60 potential events.
These include a mock auction of the original Tirau lots with mystery prizes for successful bidders, a photographic exhibition, a pubto-pub fun run or walk between Okoroire and Tirau, concerts, dances and historical reenactments. There were also ideas incorporating cabbages given
of Tirau’s cabbage tree connection.
The name Tirau is understood to mean ‘‘many cabbage trees’’.
These events could include a cabbage roll down Rose St, a cabbage toss competition and a cabbage or vegetable battle.
Mr Lee said there were two dates of importance in the founding of Tirau.
The first was April 1, 1881, when 97 half-acre sections were offered for sale in the township which was originally named Oxford.
On December 14, 1881, more town land was auctioned.
The original plans for the town were laid out in January 1881.