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.