Schools share prestigious prize
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on the sharing of a prestigious award, public relations in Tokoroa and youths admitting to theft
10 years ago Prestige shared around schools February 21, 2001 It’s a prestigious prize, so it’s being shared around.
The national Manu Korero speech competition was won by Tokoroa High School fourth form student Tamielle Monk last year.
He Waka Tohu Aroha Na Te Wairarapa, the trophy is a glass-encased miniature waka with a paddle and it has been kept at the school since Tamielle won.
On Thursday Tamielle and her supporters including Maori teacher Poihaere Barrett offered the trophy to Forest View High School in Tokoroa.
Tamielle competed in the national competition after winning the Sir Turi Carroll Cup in the junior English section of the Manu Korero Tainui competition.
25 years ago Council to review its public relations January 14, 1986 The Tokoroa Borough Council is to review its public relations office on State Highway One soon.
The discussion, partly prompted by a PEP programme which provided public relations officer Leigh Malcolm, will end in January.
But it will be part of the wider issue of Tokoroa’s public relations.
Town clerk Allan Bleakley said that one problem to be resolved was who would man the information centre once Mrs Malcolm went.
‘‘It will be easy enough to Tokoroa High School principal Roger Sommerville and student Tamielle Monk with her prize. put a council staff member in to man the centre temporarily, although I will stress to council that there is not enough staff available to appoint someone on a long-term basis,’’ said Mr Bleakley.
‘‘But while that will solve the problem in the interim, we still have to look at the wider issue of public relations generally for Tokoroa.’’
Mr Bleakley believed that Tokoroa needed a public relations centre but also said that there was much more to public relations than that.
50 years ago Two youths admit to theft August 3, 1961 Two 17-year-old Mangakino youths, Taylor Wong and Jimmy James Te Whata, pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and entering and theft, in the Tokoroa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, and were remanded in custody for sentence at Putaruru today by Mr G J Donne, S.M.
Constable A Scott said on June 1 two crates of Coca Cola had been stolen valued at 27/-from the Youth Club Centre.
Six juveniles had also been involved but the two defendants were the leaders.