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