South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Septem­ber 2011

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.

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