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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.

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