MAY and JUNE
May 4, 2011 Tokoroa jewel mourned Beverley Rae Sturgeon’s life was one of love and devotion to her family and to the community in which she lived.
The mother of three and grandmother of four passed away on April 24 in New Plymouth.
On Friday Mrs Sturgeon, who was married to husband John for more than 50 years, was farewelled at a service in Tokoroa,
Mrs Sturgeon was a district councillor for 15 years, from 1989 to 2004. For 11 of those years she served as deputy mayor.
She also volunteered in many community organisations.
‘‘She was involved in a lot of community work,’’ Vikki Baldwin, the second of Mrs Sturgeon’s three daughters, said.
‘‘But she was always our mum. She was a mother first.’’
Mrs Baldwin said the nursing staff who cared for her mother in her final weeks said Mrs Sturgeon ‘‘always had a smiling face’’.
Her mother never lost the ‘‘ dignity and grace’’ that she carried throughout her life, she said.
Mrs Baldwin said Mrs Sturgeon’s family were proud of her selflessness and her record in helping the community.
‘‘She and Dad were very giving people, they were always giving.’’
Mrs Baldwin said her parents were humbled by the South Waikato community’s response when first John and then Beverley became ill. ‘‘ They really were humbled that people came forward to help them.’’ May 11, 2011 Celebrating a century Tokoroa’s oldest driver turned 100 on Sunday.
Winifred Baggaley still gets around the town on occasion in her 1963 Renault station wagon.
The car was bought after Mrs Baggaley lost her Morris Minor when the Wahine ferry sank off the coast of Wellington.
Mrs Baggaley, who still has the key to the vehicle, is believed to be the oldest living survivor of the tragedy which claimed 53 lives in 1968.
Mrs Baggaley was travelling from her home in Christchurch to visit her son in Wellington. She had planned to sell her car when she reached Wellington.
Conditions were ‘‘very rough’’ on board the Wahine, she said, with high seas.
After the boat hit a reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour Mrs Baggaley quickly returned to her cabin to fetch her purse.
Back on the deck she had to jump down to a life boat.
Mrs Baggaley was born in Yorkshire in 1911 and said her earliest memory was of her father coming into her bedroom to tell her he was going to enlist to fight in World War I.
In 1952 she moved to New Zealand with her husband and three children. May 18, 2011 Bashing leaves man in hospital A 21-year-old man is in Waikato Hospital with serious head injuries after he was beaten by a group of youths in Tokoroa.
Detective Sergeant Kevan Verry said the assault happened on Jedburgh St about 1.30 on Monday afternoon when a group of 10 to 15 youths set upon three other youths.
Weapons including bats, steel pipes, fence palings and lengths of wood were used and the victim suffered serious head injuries.
He was taken to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition and underwent facial reconstruction surgery on Monday night, Mr Verry said.
Others involved in the assault suffered minor injuries.
Police found a number of weapons at the scene but believe the offenders may have dropped others as they fled along nearby Kelso St. Mr Verry urged residents to check their gardens for any objects that did not belong there or might be stained with blood. May 25, 2011 Tragedy shocks friends A former friend was ‘‘absolutely shocked’’ when he found out that Paul Rogers who allegedly killed his family in Australia was ‘‘actually Paul Millar the guy I played rugby with in Tok’’.
The friend, who did not want to be named, said he was shocked the man he remembered was capable of killing.
Paul Anthony Rogers, 40, is believed to have stabbed to death his former partner of eight years Tania Simpson and their friend Anthony Way at Ms Simpson’s home in Robina, on Australia’s Gold Coast, early this week.
Rogers was later found dead in his car with his and Ms Simpson’s five-year-old daughter Kyla. The couple’s surviving child Bronnson, 20 months, is being cared for by Ms Simpson’s parents who live nearby.
It was revealed at the weekend that Rogers grew up in Tokoroa and attended Forest View High School where he was known as Paul Millar.
Rogers’ former Tokoroa High School Old Boys rugby coach Lloyd Ngapo remembers an accomplished athlete.
‘‘From memory he was a nice boy who enjoyed playing on the wing for rugby. He was also an accomplished sprinter.’’
The muscularly built Rogers was known for ‘‘cleaning up’’ in school athletics day sprints and his role in the school’s 1st XV.
One former family friend said Rogers had always kept an eye out for him when he was young. June 1, 2011 Injustices of detailed
Minister of Treaty Settlements Christopher Finlayson was among a delegation of MPS and officials to hear the voices of Raukawa claimants who for the first time were able to speak directly to the Crown of the hurt and injustice inflicted on their whanau and hapu as a result of Treaty of Waitangi breaches.
Emotions ran high as claimants, at times, tearfully shared their stories with the Crown as part of their settlement agreement.
Kahu Te Hiko, an 84-year-old greatgrandmother, was present when the Crown took her parents’ land at Orakei Korako.
The land was needed as part of the Ohakuri Dam project.
Mrs Te Hiko told the officials how her parents were promised compensation when they were moved. However, the compensation received was not sufficient for what they gave up.
‘‘They were put into a rental flat in Taupo,’’ Mrs Te Hiko tearfully told Mr Finlayson.
breaches June 8, 2011 Dedication to land issues recognised A lifetime of cultural advocacy has been recognised with Eruera Wikiriwhi (Wickcliffe) receiving a Queen’s Service Medal for his service to Maori.
Eruera was born in 1935 and grew up in Oruanui (Tuwharetoa) and moved to Tokoroa in the 1950s after riding here on his horse. His services to Maori are long and substantial.
He is the only surviving foundation trustee of the Tutukau East Z Trust and has contributed more than 28 years, 20 of them as chairman, in a voluntary capacity to this organisation. Eruera is a koeke, or prominent leader, of Tuhourangi, Ngati Tahu, and Ngati Tarakaiahi of Tuwharetoa. June 15, 2011 Cuppas with police open doors to help
Tokoroa police were out in force, making cups of tea and handing out biscuits to residents on Jedburgh St. But the torrential rain stopped most from braving the weather to join the police last Friday afternoon.
However, the rain and cold conditions didn’t stop 71-year-old Jedburgh resident Jocelyn Wilson from enjoying a chat and a cuppa with Community Constable Jak Sherwood in the Taupo-based Booze Bus that was transformed into a community cafe. June 22, 2011 Teacher struck off A 32-year career is over for a teacher found with thousands of images of child pornography, which he blamed on an addiction stemming from his infertility and impotence.
The man in his mid-50s resigned from Putaruru College at the beginning of last year, citing health reasons.
In September he was convicted in Taupo District Court on 13 charges of possessing objectionable material, after police found he had 3341 images and films of naked girls, some as young as seven.
He was sentenced to community service and intensive supervision. He has now been censured and deregistered by the Teachers Council. June 29, 2011 First timer impresses to win title For the first time Tokoroa High School has won the elusive Rawhiti Ihaka Junior Maori section at Nga Manu Korero.
Turoa Tepana, 13, was a first time participant in the Junior Maori section where he delivered a 12-minute speech on the importance of the reo.
His speech and delivery was so good that he scored two 100 per cent marks and a 98 per cent mark by the judges.