Shakespeare scene wins
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 aspiring actors, soldiers completing their camp and a new premises for a publishing company
10 years ago
Thespians vie for national title May 9, 2001 A fine performance in the regional Secondary Schools Shakespeare Festival means the Tokoroa High School Shakespeare group has the chance to enter the national festival in June.
The students’ winning entry, which they entitled Caesar’s Arrogance, was from Act two scene two of Julius Caesar and involved all the students, whether acting or as crew.
‘‘We were pretty nervous and didn’t think we could do it but after watching the other groups we thought we had a good chance,’’ said year 11 student Tamielle Monk.
The THS students, a mix of third, fourth, fifth and sixth formers, had been rehearsing every lunchtime for 10 weeks under the direction of English teacher Jennyfer Rogel.
Held at Matamata College on Wednesday, the festival involved four other South Waikato schools, with 12 scenes entered overall.
THS also entered a scene from Macbeth and another from Richard III . 25 years ago Camp Over February 27, 1986 Eighty soldiers from the South Waikato and Taupo area returned fit and hardened from three weeks in the Kaingaroa Forest on Saturday.
The soldiers of C company of the Hauraki Battalion – along with 10 army cadets from Mangakino High School – joined those from two other battalions for their annual camp.
The Hauraki Battalion is a territorial unit. Staff Sergeant Alan Hawira of Tokoroa said the camp involved five major activities.
The first few days were spent settling into camp and training individual soldiers in skills that would be needed for later exercises, such as helicopter drill and water skills.
Mr Hawira said that was followed by company training in drill and navigating through the bush at night. All that was a lead-up to the main battalion and brigade exercises.
The brigade exercise lasted over four days and involved the Sixth Hauraki Battalion and Seventh Battalion advancing on a battalion of about 150 men – which included a number of children from Wanganui under the care of the Social Welfare. 50 years ago New premises for publishing company July 13, 1961 To meet the ever expanding needs of Tokoroa and its district extensive new premises for the Tokoroa Publishing Company to provide accommodation for the South Waikato News and Tokoroa Printers were commenced this week.
The news premises, which will be situated at the intersection of Bridge and Campbell streets, will provide both office and factory accommodation.
In the new premises factory space alone will cover 3400 sq ft.
The first portion of the building to be erected will be the factory, which is urgently required to relieve congestion in the existing premises in Swanston St. It will also be the first step towards publishing South Waikato News twice weekly.
Aspiring actors: Some of Tokoroa High School Shakespeare Group which is going on to the national Secondary Schools Shakespeare Festival in June after winning the regional competition.