Wed­ding dress well de­scribed

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 a tal­ented singer, a cham­pion cy­clist and a wed­ding

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10 years ago Em­masa­rina en­joys be­ing a star

May 16, 2001 She’s only been singing in pub­lic for one year but 13- year- old Em­masa­rina Tan­go­hou walked away with first prize at a re­cent com­pe­ti­tion.

The For­est View High School stu­dent won the ju­nior and in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tions of the Red Star Coun­try and Western Mu­sic Awards held in Mata­mata on Satur­day.

‘‘I’ve al­ways wanted to be a singer,’’ she said. ‘‘I love it.’’

Em­masa­rina can­not read mu­sic and has not had any voice train­ing.

She learns a song by lis­ten­ing to it over and over, and prac­tis­ing un­til she gets it right.

She won the com­pe­ti­tion with a ver­sion of Sha­nia Twain’s From this Mo­ment. Em­masa­rina in­cludes Whit­ney Hous­ton and Mariah Carey among her singing he­roes.

Em­masa­rina be­gan singing in clubs such as the Toko­roa Coun­try Club and the Forest­land Va­ri­ety Mu­sic Club a year ago, and has since joined the For­est View High School choir.

The teenage said she had no prob­lems singing in front of peo­ple – she en­joys be­ing a ‘‘star’’.

25 years ago Rid­ing to keep ti­tles

Jan­uary 7, 1986 Toko­roa cy­clist An­drew Whit­ford will be de­fend­ing in­di­vid­ual and team pur­suit ti­tles at the Ocea­nia Games in Wan­ganui this week.

Whit­ford, a mem­ber of the New Zealand cy­cling team, is com­pet­ing against top cy­clists from through­out Aus­trala­sia.

He is de­fend­ing the two ti­tles he won at the Ocea­nia Games at Tahiti in 1985.

The games started to­day with the qual­ify- ing rounds of the 4000 me­tres in­di­vid­ual pur­suits.

Fi­nals will be raced to­mor­row.

Whit­ford will then be part of a four-man team to race in the 4000m teams pur­suit on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

His fa­ther, Harry Whit­ford, is presently in Wan­ganui sup­port­ing his son who is tipped to take home a medal.

He has spent the last few months train­ing in Auck­land with the New Zealand Com­mon­wealth Games coach Dick John­son.

Harry Whit­ford be­lieves his son is at peak fit­ness.

‘‘He has trained con­sis­tently over the last three months,’’ he said.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the Ocea­nia games, Whit­ford will recom­mence train­ing with John­son for the Waikato-bay of Plenty provin­cial hard- track champs. 50 years ago Mar­ried at

St Fran­cis Septem­ber 7, 1961 St Fran­cis Church, Toko­roa, was the scene of the re­cent wed­ding be­tween Miss Yvonne Har­ri­son, daugh­ter of Mr and Mrs WK Har­ri­son, of 25 Baber­ton Rd, Toko­roa, and Al­fred Harold, third son of Mr and Mrs S O’donoghue, of Mikkelsen’s Rd, Te Aroha.

The Rev PJ Mun­ton of­fi­ci­ated.

The bride, who en­tered the church on the arm of her fa­ther, chose a gown of white peau de soie satin cut on princess lines with long sleeves which ta­pered to a point at the wrists.

The boat- shaped neck­line, front bodice and side panels were heav­ily em­broi­dered with lace mo­tifs.

The very full skirt had de­tailed back full­ness with side paniers and sashes which formed a large bow and fell into a chapel train.

WED­DED BLESS: Mr and Mrs A H O’donoghue, fol­low­ing their mar­riage at St Fran­cis Church, Toko­roa. The bride was for­merly Miss Yvonne Har­ri­son.

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