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

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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.

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