Farmer wins top award

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 farmer’s achieve­ment, a long wait for heart surgery and the first Ma­sonic ball praised.

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10 years ago Shaun is just ‘out­stand­ing’

June 6, 2001 Out­stand­ing trainee work has won Pu­taruru farm man­ager Shaun Marr the Waikato ( farmer) Trust Cup in this year’s Waikato Ag- ITO awards.

Marr’s tu­tor, Kathy Hock­ley, said she al­ways felt Shaun was an out­stand­ing stu­dent.

‘‘Shaun’s got it all up top,’’ Ms Hock­ley said.

‘‘ His writ­ten work was phe­nom­e­nal.

‘‘His as­sign­ments were all 100 per cent passes and Shaun was the only stu­dent in the class to achieve that.’’

Mr Marr was pre­sented with the award, which recog­nises ex­cel­lence among firstyear trainees study­ing to­wards the National Cer­tifi­cate in Agribusi­ness Man­age­ment, at a din­ner in Hamil­ton.

Mr Marr, 28, said the award was a bit of a sur­prise, as Ms Hock­ley did not tell him of his nom­i­na­tion un­til he had been con­firmed a win­ner sev­eral days be­fore the award night.

He agreed that his love of farm­ing must have come across in his course work.

‘‘I’ve put a lot of ef­fort into it and I’ve pretty much al­ways wanted to be a farmer,’’ Mr Marr said.

25 years ago Heart man still waits

Jan­uary 7, 1986 Christ­mas and New Year have been ‘‘quiet’’ for Te Aroha’s Rowan Stokes, who is wait­ing to un­dergo heart surgery in Aus­tralia.

He spent an en­joy­able, if quiet time, with his fam­ily and brother Lau­rie, at Mata­mata, while await­ing word on when he is to have his op­er­a­tion.

Though told ear­lier that his op­er­a­tion was likely to be sched­uled for mid-jan­uary, he said that noth­ing def­i­nite had yet come through from Dr Chang who was in charge of the heart unit in Syd­ney.

‘‘But my spe­cial­ist in Hamil­ton has told me that he will be phon­ing Syd­ney as soon as pos­si­ble to try and get some­thing more def­i­nite,’’ said Mr Stokes.

‘‘We do know that Mr Chang is on hol­i­day right now.’’

The fam­ily fund- rais­ing cam­paign to find the $60,000 needed for the op­er­a­tion is just $10,000 short of the tar­get and Mr Stokes pre­dicts that it looks as if all the money will be raised.

‘‘While the Govern­ment will be con­tribut­ing $ 15,000 to­wards the cost of the op­er­a­tion, an old work mate of mine Barry Co­gan, has promised that he will or­gan­ise an open-air coun­try and western show to raise funds,’’ said Mr Stokes.

50 years ago Suc­cess of first Ma­sonic

ball June 8, 1961 Suc­cess at­tended the first Ma­sonic ball held in the district last week when the Toko­roa, Orakau, Pu­taruru and Ti­rau lodges com­bined to pro- vide an out­stand­ing so­cial func­tion in the Toko­roa Catholic Hall.

The hall was at­trac­tively dec­o­rated with a back­drop of Ma­sonic sym­bols pro­vid­ing the cen­tre­piece.

The 230 guests were re­ceived by the Wor­ship­ful Masters and their wives of the district’s four lodges: Mr and Mrs DRJ Stubbs (Orakau), Mr and Mrs D Mill­ner (Toko­roa), Mr and Mrs FD Mor­ris (Ti­rau) and Mr and Mrs BD Brad­shaw (Pu­taruru).

The ball was or­gan­ised by mem­bers of Lodge Arakau and Lodge Toko­roa, and as a re­sult of its suc­cess will now be­come an an­nual event with next year’s func­tion be­ing held at Pu­taruru.

OUT­STAND­ING: Pu­taruru farm man­ager Shaun Marr – an out­stand­ing stu­dent.

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