October 5, 2011 Youth help plan unveiled The Tokoroa Youth Action plan was unveiled and launched last week, drawing members of the community at the South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services hall.
The strategic plan features 22 interventions to help support young people in problematic areas such as truancy, drug and alcohol abuse and engagement in education, training and employment.
During the launch ceremony Raukawa Charitable Trust Youth Services manager Jade Hohaia said she was excited about what was happening.
‘‘There is something very special in this room and it is community, partnership, it is relationship.
‘‘This here on the table is a collection of 22 initiatives which has come from people sitting in this room. This here is an initiative that has come from us here in the community that lives in and wants to see the best in Tokoroa.’’
She said this youth trial would help to create grassroots solutions to the issues. October 19, 2011
Smashed ’em bro
It was the Tokoroa clash heard around the world, as Tokoroa All Black wing Richard Kahui put in a big tackle against Tokoroa Wallaby first five Quade Cooper during the Rugby World Cup semifinal between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday night. The All Blacks scored a convincing 20-6 win over Australia to secure a place in this weekend’s final against France.
The final will be played on Sunday at Eden Park, kickoff is at 9pm.
Australian supporters still have one more match to watch as the Wallabies face off against Wales in the Bronze final, Saturday at 8.30pm.
Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA October 12, 2011
May the games begin
The first shovel of soil was lifted and turned on Monday morning at the site of the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre. South Waikato youngster Kaesha Nairn was there to mark the occasion with the Rev Willie Graham, South Waikato District councillors and council staff, as well as members of the community who gathered at the Memorial Sports Ground in Tokoroa. October 26, 2011 Floating prevention message The Tokoroa Rheumatic Fever Prevention campaign was launched last week with the help of Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia.
Mrs Turia opened the campaign at the Te Ara Metua Punanga Reo in Tokoroa and was joined by AliyahDre Turia-smith, who is the face of the campaign.
Mrs Turia spoke at the event, saying the launch of the campaign in Tokoroa was an excellent example of a local solution.
Around 140 people were present at the campaign launch, which was capped with a symbolic ceremony – the release of 170 red balloons representing the number of cases of rheumatic fever in Tokoroa.
South Waikato Pacific Island Community manager Akarere Henry said releasing the balloons represented the hopeful eradication of the illness.
Mrs Turia said more often than not rheumatic fever affects children. Three in four hospital admissions for acute rheumatic fever are children between the ages of five and 14 years.
Maori are 20 times more likely and Pacific Island people 37 times more likely to be hospitalised with acute rheumatic fever, compared with people of other ethnicities.