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.
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.