MAY and JUNE

South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

Treaty

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.

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