South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

An Ara­puni man who spoke out against the num­ber of horses in the town had bricks thrown at his home. Barry Stevens ap­proached South Waikato News in May with con­cerns over pos­si­ble ad­verse health ef­fects from horses liv­ing in Ara­puni’s res­i­den­tial area.

Sev­eral Ara­puni peo­ple went on to write letters to the edi­tor in sup­port of the horses.

Toko­roa High School won the Pasi­fika by Na­ture com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton in May. The com­pe­ti­tion in­volves schools from across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. For­est View High School picked up two mi­nor awards at the event.

The South Waikato News fo­cused on health is­sues in June. Over three edi­tions the news­pa­per looked at the age of the area’s GPs, the fu­ture of Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal and plans for an in­te­grated health cen­tre com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple health prac­ti­tion­ers.

Pu­taruru Col­lege won a cat­e­gory at the Sheila Wynn Shake­speare Fes­ti­val’s na­tional fi­nal in Welling­ton. As well as the win, for their stu­dent­di­rected 15-minute scene from Ti­tus An­dron­i­cus (pic­tured), the stu­dents in the play took part in sev­eral act­ing clin­ics.

Miss Uni­verse New Zealand Ria van Dyke vis­ited Toko­roa to meet the win­ners of the inaugural Miss Teen Toko­roa com­pe­ti­tion.

The All Blacks came to Toko­roa with home­town hero Keven Mealamu the star of the show. Mealamu, cap­tain Richie McCaw, Ben Franks and Buck Shelford drew hun­dreds to the me­mo­rial sports­grounds for the Mastercard All Blacks Road­show where they took part in rugby-themed chal­lenges and wood-saw­ing.

South Waikato District Coun­cil op­posed a pro­posal to give Scouts New Zealand ex­clu­sive use of Jones Land­ing for 10 days this sum­mer for wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the scout jam­boree. Later a com­pro­mise was reached and the scouts will use part of the re­serve and neigh­bour­ing farm­land.

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