Teenage arsonists severely damaged a public toilet block in Putaruru.
The fire in the woman’s restroom closed the toilets with temporary facilities installed by the Putaruru library.
Later in the year South Waikato District Council voted to build replacement toilets in the public carpark on Main St.
Andrew McRae rescued a girl who fell into Lake Moananui and hit her head on the dam.
The girl was understood to have been feeding ducks on top of the dam when she slipped.
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust celebrated the birth of the first takahe chick on the North Island mainland in several hundred years. The total population of takahe was about 230.
The sale of 29 dairy farms converted from forestry land by Carter Holt Harvey was announced in January.
It is understood none of the farms, worth a total of more than $220 million, have sold so far.
Tokoroa hosted its annual round of the national supercross series in January. Among the stars of the show were Brad Groombridge (pictured) and Tokoroa’s own Nick Franklin who executed a series of tricks for the crowd.