South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

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