Pine Man is rugby ready
The Rugby World Cup kicks off in two days and the South Waikato will be a hive of activity to mark the occasion.
South Waikato District Council community development manager Amanda Hema said: ‘‘ The whole event series is going to be fantastic – a real chance for the community to celebrate and join in the festivities.’’
Tokoroa’s iconic Pine Man has been dressed in black to support New Zealand.
‘‘Peter Dooley the sculptor and Tokoroa Rotary Club who commissioned the work gave us the go ahead to dress him and he looks fabulous. We have already had awesome feedback from the public about how great he looks.’’
There is also a Walk of Fame. Ms Hema said 25 All Black and international rugby players came from the South Waikato.
7, September 14, 2011 Celebrating the big day Traffic in Tokoroa came to a standstill as thousands of people came to see the huge street parade which celebrated the long- awaited start of Rugby World Cup 2011 last Friday.
Bridge St in Tokoroa was a magnificent sweep of colourful flags, painted faces, traditional dress, musical instruments and plenty of cheering in numerous languages. The event was so big it stopped store trading. Shoppers and store staff were compelled on to the pavement by the colour and excitement.
South Waikato District Council community development manager Amanda Hema said it was a wonderful day.
‘‘We were all overwhelmed by the amount of interest shown and believe there were close to 2000 people involved in the parade,’’ Ms Hema said. back for their work.’’
After approaching the South Waikato District Council, it was established there would be no funding available for the awards, however this did not deter the team at South Waikato News.
‘‘We just needed to think outside the square and work with no budget,’’ Mrs Baxter said.
‘‘We have had fantastic support from the business community, who agree that an annual awards promotion is much-needed.’’ September 28, 2011 Our cultures celebrated The symbolism was immense. The Plaza sat in silence and the theatre’s curtains were closed, then the stomping sound of the Cook Island drums shattered the silent veneer as it vibrated its way to the back of the theatre, marking the arrival of the South Waikato Cultural Festival 2011.
Students from throughout the South Waikato District performed kapa haka and Polynesian routines at the weekend at The Plaza in Putaruru as more than 500 people watched from the audience.
A myriad of distinctive costumes were splashed across the stage and multiple instruments were heard.
The festival was opened by Putaruru’s Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere and one of the crowd’s favourites were the children of Te Rau Oriwa Early Learning Centre who were accompanied by their caregivers.
Thirteen schools were involved this year including Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, Amisfield School, Tokoroa Central School, Bishop Edward Gaines, Cargill Open Plan School, David Henry Primary School, Tainui Full Primary School, Tokoroa Intermediate School, Te Rau Oriwa Early Learning Centre, Mangakino Area School, St Mary’s Catholic School, Strathmore Primary School and Tokoroa High School.