South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

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