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

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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.

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