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.