FROM THE ARCHIVES
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on a deputy mayor calling it quits, council issues warning to tardy ratepayers and births up on previous year
10 years ago Deputy mayor calls it quits September 18, 2002
In an unexpected announcement South Waikato Deputy Mayor Trevor Newbrook this week resigned from council and his position as deputy mayor.
Mr Newbrook and his wife Rosemary made the decision to close their Benjamin Moore shop in Rosebery St to manage a motel in Manukau City.
Mr Newbrook said although it was sudden he was not leaving with any ill feelings toward council or the South Waikato.
‘‘ It happened very quickly,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m a bit sad about leaving town and a bit sad about leaving coun- cil but you have to take these opportunities when they come.’’
The Newbrooks have been in Tokoroa 11 years this week but feel now that their three children have left town to further their careers it is time to move on.
‘‘We’ve had an enjoyable time here but it’s time to move on,’’ Mrs Newbrook said.
‘‘ We’ve made some wonderful friends and we will be back to see them.’’ 25 years ago Council warns: Your rates or your water April 9, 1987
Tardy Tokoroa ratepayers who have not paid their 1986-87 rate bill are this week being threatened with the disconnection of their water.
Borough treasurer Huub Regtien told a meeting of the Tokoroa Borough Council’s Legal, Finance and Properties Committee yesterday that staff were mailing letters to tardy ratepayers threatening them with water disconnection.
The registered letters give ratepayers 14 days to come to some agreement with the borough council before services are terminated.
And he added that the letters had an almost immediate effect.
He said the first batch of letters sent had led 80 ratepayers to come to some agreement with treasury staff.
The treasurer’s figures show that $182,974 worth of rates were still outstanding from the 1986-87 collection as at April 3.
Of that figure, $ 16,634 was penalty payment imposed by the authority.
The net rates outstanding represent 4.4 per cent of last year’s rate strike. 50 years ago 509 births registered last year January 11, 1962
The ratio of deaths to births in Tokoroa last year was disproportionate to that of other centres in New Zealand.
In the 12 month period to December 31, there were 15 deaths ( 12 European, three Maori) while there were 509 births registered ( 419 European and 90 Maori).
From January 1, there will be no separation of Maori and European births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.