Cel­e­bra­tions could call for cab­bages

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion - By MATHEW GRO­COTT

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.

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