South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

Novem­ber 2 2011

Re­serve birth­day marked

Around 150 sup­port­ers at­tended Jim Bar­nett Re­serve’s 20th an­niver­sary on the week­end in­clud­ing Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Kate Wilkin­son and life mem­ber of For­est and Bird South Waikato branch Gor­don Stephen­son.

The cer­e­mony was opened by kuia Ruthana Beg­bie and For­est and Bird chair­woman Anne Groos wel­comed at­ten­dees.

Speak­ers in­cluded South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair, Ms Wilkin­son and Taupo MP Louise Upston.

Mr Stephen­son spoke about how he was able to as­sist the Bar­nett fam­ily and the coun­cil, lead­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions that saw a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to the Na­ture Her­itage Trust for funds to es­tab­lish the re­serve in 1992.

Hil­ton Bar­nett told of the his­tory of the fam­ily mill run by his grand­fa­ther, Wal­ter Bar­nett, and the his­tory of Waotu fam­i­lies.

Mrs Groos ac­knowl­edged the com­mit­ment from For­est and Bird mem­bers and the pest con­trol teams. Over the past eight years 10,000 trees have been planted at the re­serve. Novem­ber 16 2011 Phar­macy tops again

Toko­roa busi­nesses were cel­e­brated over the week­end for their on­go­ing com­mit­ment to the town.

More than 120 peo­ple at­tended the event, with nine lo­cal busi­nesses com­ing away with wins.

The 2011 Toko­roa Busi­ness of the Year win­ner Unichem Cen­tre Phar­macy has won the award two years in a row.

Unichem man­ager Mike Keys en­joyed the evening say­ing it was tes­ti­mony to his staff’s com­mit­ment to cus­tomer ser­vice.

‘‘It is won­der­ful for the team . . . We have formed re­la­tion­ships with the com­mu­nity and we know our cus­tomers by their first names,’’ he said.

South Waikato News man­ager Paula Bax­ter, who or­gan­ised the event, was over­whelmed by the sup­port from the busi­ness district.

‘‘ This event would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port and com­mit­ment of lo­cal busi­nesses and our com­mu­nity. With-

Toko­roa’s Unichem Phar­macy won the 2011 Busi­ness of the Year award at the Toko­roa Busi­ness Awards on Satur­day evening. out fund­ing we won­dered whether it was worth go­ing ahead but it was ev­i­dent within the lo­cal busi­ness district that this is what they wanted so we de­cided to go full steam ahead, and it was well worth it.’’ Novem­ber 23 Toko­roa shines at te reo awards

Toko­roa New World and Toko­roa High School Te Rito group beat 70 fi­nal­ists from around New Zealand to nab awards at the 2011 National Maori Lan­guage Awards evening in Ro­torua.

Toko­roa New World won the Pri­vate Sec­tor cat­e­gory for its longterm com­mit­ment to te reo, in par­tic­u­lar its per­ma­nent signs which are bilin­gual.

Toko­roa New World hu­man re­sources man­ager Lisa Ni­chol said the group was stunned by the win.

‘‘We were stunned to be hon­est, you couldn’t wipe the cheesy grins off our faces af­ter­ward,’’ she said.

Toko­roa High School Te Rito group mem­bers were also grin­ning from ear to ear when they won the supreme ed­u­ca­tion award.

Te Rito dean Keinan Ngapo was ec­static his stu­dents were fi­nal­ists and that their hard work to pro­mote te reo had been recog­nised on a national stage. Novem­ber 30 Ac­tion plan aims to in­spire youth

De­liv­er­ing val­ue­based pro­grammes in schools is one of 22 ini­tia­tives fea­tured in the Toko­roa Youth Ac­tion Plan aimed at en­cour­ag­ing youth to as­pire and achieve good re­sults in the class­room, at home and in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The Youth Tri­als had a suc­cess­ful launch on Septem­ber 30 and have a strong fo­cus on in­creas­ing young peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment.

Youth Ser­vices man­ager Jade Ho­haia said: ‘‘ These young peo­ple show that they have an in­cred­i­ble lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity and our aim is to de­velop this po­ten­tial even fur­ther and build into the youth strong val­ues that are go­ing to stay with them through­out their school­ing years on to em­ploy­ment.’’

Miss Ho­haia said hav­ing a strong sense of be­long­ing, gen­eros­ity, in­de­pen­dence ( tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and mak­ing healthy choices) and hav­ing hope for the fu­ture were some pow­er­ful val­ues that re­sounded with the stu­dents they worked with.

The school- based pro­grammes are be­ing run in For­est View High School and Toko­roa High School.

YOUTH TRI­ALS: Jade Ho­haia stand­ing with six of the Toko­roa High stu­dents se­lected for a new lead­er­ship pro­gramme aimed at in­spir­ing youth.


AN­NIVER­SARY MARKED: Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Kate Wilkin­son and Gor­don Stephen­son.

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