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
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.