Memorial to stillborn unveiled
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 memorial for stillborn children, a school celebration and a spring fashion parade at Amisfield
10 years ago
In memory of stillborn children June 13, 2001 A memorial to stillborn children will be unveiled next Wednesday in Tokoroa Cemetery.
The ceremony, attended by South Waikato Mayor Gordon Blake, will take place at 9.30am.
It is a joint project between South Waikato District Council and Wolffram’s South Waikato Funeral Services and they have been working on the idea since 1995.
Stillborn children have long been buried in unmarked plots; communities traditionally did not want to deal with the trauma they caused.
Thousands of stillborn children are buried in unmarked graves around the country; it is estimated at least 30 are in unacknowledged graves in Tokoroa cemetery.
Parents were told, more often than not, that as the baby had not lived, there was no need to grieve.
The new memorial symbolises a recent softening in these traditional values.
Parents who have had stillborn children in the past are recognising that even over a great span of time, the need to grieve is vital in their personal development. 25 years ago 25 years on the map March 4, 1986 More than 400 people gathered at Marotiri School last weekend to celebrate three years of putting their district ‘‘on the map’’.
There is no actual township called Marotiri and when the school opened in 1961 to cater for the increasing number of settling families, it was called Upper Tihoi School.
When mail for the school was mistakenly sent to nearby Tihoi School, the Education Board decided to re-name the new school Marotiri and the name has stuck for the district as well.
And last weekend 35 of the 80 foundation pupils, as well as the first principal Paul Boake, gathered to celebrate putting Marotiri on the map.
A roll call’ of those present was held on Saturday morning, with Mr Boake introducing an informal touch by reminiscing about each of his former pupils. 50 years ago Amisfield Spring Fashion Parade acclaimed August 10, 1961 The Amisfield School, its Parent Teacher Association and School Committee earned congratulations and the appreciation of a large audience in the high school hall last Wednesday evening when a most successful preview of spring fashions, sponsored by Bradshaws of Tokoroa, in support of the school swimming baths fund was staged.
The evening demonstrated that Amisfield, a small school by Tokoroa standards, could provide, with assistance from a Tokoroa firm, entertainment of this nature which compared more than favourably with that of the larger schools.
The setting for the parade, provided by the Parent Teacher Association and School Committee, consisted of green and gold velvet drapes complimented by a large Hogarth line arrangement. Planters and a large dried arrangement placed in front of the stage completed the setting.
Mr Rose, an Auckland manufacturer, was accompanied by three of Auckland’s leading models – Jocelyn Denier, Natalie and Barbara Mason, plus Molly Mckenzie of television fame who officiated as compare.
MEMORIAL: A new memorial to stillborn children unveiled.