Sol­diers home from East Timor ser­vice

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News will delve into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on the re­turn of ser­vice­men, a cy­cling star and a new edi­tor for the South Waikato News

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10 Years Ago Ter­ri­to­ri­als home from East Timor May 30, 2001 Three South Waikato Army Ter­ri­to­rial Force sol­diers were wel­comed home from ser­vice in East Timor at a pa­rade in Tau­ranga on Satur­day.

Cor­po­ral Kelvin Haumaha, of Pu­taruru and Pri­vates Pupuke Teteru and Ken­neth Davy, both of Toko­roa, joined 23 other Hau­raki Reg­i­ment sol­diers in re­ceiv­ing their ser­vice medals at the Tau­ranga Re­turned and Ser­vices’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The sol­diers spent six months in Timor in­volved in gen­eral peace­keep­ing du­ties.

‘‘It was the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time,’’ said Pri­vate Davy.

‘‘Ter­ri­to­ri­als don’t usu­ally get the chance to do this.’’ 25 Years Ago Sil­ver salute for Renske Fe­bru­ary 7, 1986 It took 18-year-old Renske Terpstra just 12 months to win sil­ver and bronze medals at na­tional cy­cling level.

Terpstra, a sec­ond year fit­ter and turner at Kin­leith won a sil­ver medal in th 1600m event and a bronze medal in the 400m event at the New Zealand grass track cy­cling cham­pi­onships at Master­ton last week­end.

It was the first time that Terpstra had com­peted at na­tional level and she has only been in­volved with the sport for 12 months.

Terpstra’s coach, Forest­land Wheeler Cy­cling Club’s club cap­tain James Rusk said that only in­ex­pe­ri­ence and po­si­tion­ing had cost her a gold medal.

‘‘She was rid­ing against the top New Zealand women cy­clists, in­clud­ing Car­men Kel­son (West Coast) who has dom­i­nated the women’s grass track events for more than six years,’’ said Mr Rusk. 50 Years Ago New Edi­tor is ap­pointed to South Waikato News Novem­ber 30, 1961 Mr F J Welsh, has been ap­pointed to the po­si­tion of edi­tor of the South Waikato News and will com­mence his du­ties to­mor­row.

He suc­ceeds Mr W Smith who has re­signed to en­ter busi­ness on his own ac­count at Hamil­ton.

Mr Welsh has had wide ex­pe­ri­ence in news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing pub­lic re­la­tions and broad­cast­ing.

He served with Kay­force in Korea where he was at­tached to United States Forces and the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth Broad­cast­ing Net­work as a staff and se­nior an­nouncer.

Fol­low­ing this he was with com­mer­cial broad­cast­ing sta­tions in Syd­ney be­fore tak­ing up an ap­point­ment as news edi­tor to the NZBS in Welling­ton.

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