DE­CEM­BER

South Waikato News - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

De­cem­ber 7 2011

A town in deep shock

A staunch Toko­roa stal­wart says the town is still the best part of the Waikato.

Taupo Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor Steve Bul­lock has called Toko­roa home for more than 20 years and said the events of the week­end did not re­flect the ‘‘ great fam­ily at­mos­phere’’ in the town.

‘‘ Like many small towns we have that strong sense of com­mu­nity pride, I love this town and those that live here know that the events that oc­curred do not rep- re­sent what our town is about.’’ Mr Bul­lock de­scribed the week­end’s events as a ‘‘sad time for the com­mu­nity’’. ‘‘ That’s the tragedy in these types of cases. There are only vic­tims, the Glassie and Ginns fam­i­lies and of course our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­cause of our closeknit bonds in our town we will rally be­hind the fam­i­lies through this hard time.’’

Mr Bul­lock also cred­its the Toko­roa po­lice and com­mu­nity for work­ing to­gether.

‘‘ This week­end proved just how unique our town is, we had the com­mu­nity work­ing along­side the po­lice.

‘‘The re­al­ity of be­ing a po­lice per­son in a small town is that you are part of the com­mu­nity, our of­fi­cers go that ex­tra mile in their job be­cause they have a vested in­ter­est. I am ex­tremely proud of our team in Toko­roa. They get re­sults.’’

South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair is call­ing on res­i­dents to band to­gether.

‘‘ The Toko­roa com­mu­nity has lived through tragic events be­fore,’’ said Sin­clair. ‘‘The com­mu­nity here has a tremen­dous spirit. Now is a time of sup­port and com­pas­sion. While our com­mu­nity is di­verse, we em­brace a car­ing and co­he­sive na­ture.

‘‘The events of this past week­end do not de­fine Toko­roa.’’ De­cem­ber 14 Celebrity rac­ers rar­ing to go

The Pa­cific Kart­sport Pro- am Celebrity En­duro Kart Race in Toko­roa last week­end was won by Lee Fitzpatrick and pro­fes­sional driver Micah Wilkin­son. Or­gan­ised by Kart Sport Toko­roa the celebrity show pulled in the crowd.

Kart Sport Toko­roa sec­re­tary Sh­eryl Mcin­tosh said the day was a great suc­cess with more peo­ple be­com­ing in­ter­ested in the sport.

‘‘This was the first time we have run some­thing like this and we had a great day.

‘‘ There are a few things we will im­prove on for next year but all in all it was a great suc­cess with a lot of in­ter­est in kart­ing from the pub­lic.’’ Four­teen driv­ers took the track by storm, with some hav­ing a few kart­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Sec­ond place went to Craig Stevens and Gra­ham Lam­bert, with Ray­mond Lin­coln and Rhys Tin­ney com­ing in close at third place. De­cem­ber 21 Love that lasts for a life­time

Over the course of their mar­riage, they have seen towns de­velop, chil­dren grow up and lines lengthen on their faces but one thing that has not changed is their love for each other. Pu­taruru’s Norine and Dou­glas Mcpher­son will mark their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

The pair mar­ried in Pu­taruru Bap­tist Church on De­cem­ber 22, 1951 af­ter court­ing for more than three years. ‘‘ I never knew him at all un­til he bumped into me,’’ Mrs Mcpher­son said of meet­ing Dou­glas dur­ing an event. ‘‘That was when Pu­taruru was one long street, where there was a so­cial event ev­ery Fri­day night and we would go to the pic­tures.’’

Af­ter more than three years of court­ing, the pair mar­ried and spent time liv­ing in Pu­taruru, Lichfield and Toko­roa.

Mrs Mcpher­son spoke of their love for each other, a love that had not di­min­ished over the decades. ‘‘ I loved him, I al­ways have, I still do. I’m very pro­tec­tive of him . . . I never wanted to be apart. I do too much be­cause I’m too pro­tec­tive,’’ Mrs Mcpher­son said.

‘‘ We have had our bad times, I am not go­ing to say that we didn’t have any bad times or ar­gu­ments (be­cause) we did,’’ she said.

Mrs Mcpher­son also said times had changed greatly.

‘‘When I was be­ing brought up, we were lucky be­cause we were born in that gen­er­a­tion when girls were trained to look af­ter their hus­bands.’’

She added that Dou­glas was al­ways very good in and around the house.

Still smil­ing: Pu­taruru’s Norine and Dou­glas Mcpher­son will cel­e­brate their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

Pic­ture: NOEL FER­GUS­SON

Podium fin­ish: Lee Fitzpatrick put her foot to the floor to win the celebrity race.

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