July 6, 2011 Cousins face-off in final When Sean Maitland started primary school it was Quade Cooper who showed him around. And when they were playing rugby together as kids for the Pirates club in Tokoroa, Cooper was the playmaker, while Maitland was on the wing.
When Maitland was running the final leg in the 4x100m relay for the local track club it was first cousin Cooper who passed him the baton.
The Tokoroa pair were good mates back then and are still good mates now.
When Maitland is asked if he would put a big defensive shot on Cooper in Saturday night’s Super final against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, he looks a little uncomfortable.
‘‘Ah, I will keep that to myself, maybe. He doesn’t really run down my wing but I guess if he has got the ball and comes at me I will say ‘gidday’.’’
They hung around at primary and intermediate school and, despite taking separate paths when Maitland left Tokoroa to attend Hamilton Boys’ High School and Cooper stayed in the small town before shifting to Australia, the bond is tight. July 13, 2011 Celebrities show flair in the great cake affair
South Waikato Girl Guides cake decorating fundraiser was a big hit, raising more than $2000 towards the 2012 Girl Guide Jamboree.
South Waikato Girl Guides district coordinator Maria Patterson said the event, held at the Putaruru Plaza on Saturday night, was a great success.
‘‘It was fantastic, everyone that I have spoken with has only had good things to say. The only bad thing was the power cut; however we overcame that to have a brilliant night.’’
The big drawcard was the celebrity ice- off, in which 12 local identities showed off their cake decorating skills.. July 20, 2011 Rebekah wants to stop child abuse
Tokoroa’s Rebekah Smith is on a mission to save our children from child abuse.
Mrs Smith is the Tokoroa Jigsaw ambassador. Jigsaw is a social service organisation that works to stop child abuse, neglect and family violence.
On Saturday, Mrs Smith and a group of supporters held a sausage sizzle to raise funds for Jigsaw’s work.
All money raised will be distributed within the town and a meeting will be held with the public as to where the almost $ 10,000 should go.
‘‘ We will be holding a community conversation so anyone in our community can come on board and help decide how we can best use this money.’’ July 27, 2011 Hundreds of jobs Four hundred plus jobs will be created with the new megaagricultural centre Buttermilk in Putaruru close to construction.
Buttermilk part- owner Sam Wulff is one of a Tauranga trio who saw ‘‘ promise’’ in the old Putaruru Carter Holt Harvey site on Princess St where the new complex will go.
‘‘It is situated off State Highway 1 and is central. It’s an hour’s drive from Tauranga, Taupo and Hamilton. It is a strong positive community and has close to 10,000 cars pass through it daily. These are only a few reasons why we chose the site in Putaruru,’’ Mr Wulff said.
The exciting new complex will incorporate four different themes or parks.
The most unique of which, the Agri Park, will be the driver for the entire site.
Mr Wulff said the Agri Park would have an interactive history of farming museum, year-round Fieldays’ style display area, tertiary education and conference facilities and tractor and large machinery displays.
Other parks include a Retail Park which will house a new supermarket, outlet shopping, mini box retailers, boutique, home decorating, family restaurants and entertainment, a proposed new medical centre and a farmers’ market.