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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 visit from the New Zealand War­riors, an in­crease in dog at­tacks on peo­ple and a tor­nado causes dam­age. 10 years ago War­riors en­joy trip to Toko­roa July 24, 2002 Toko­roa’s ‘‘ strong league pres­ence’’ proved a ma­jor draw­card for New Zealand War­riors Shon­tayne Hape and Monty Betham.

The duo was in town for the af­ter­noon last week as part of the Tel­stra Pre­mier­ship Rugby League pro­mo­tional tour ded­i­cated to grass­roots level rugby league.

Hape said they de­cided to in­clude Toko­roa on the tour af­ter hear­ing about the pop­u­lar­ity of the sport.

Hape, who is side­lined with a knee in­jury, said he loved vis­it­ing small towns and Toko­roa and Whangarei were the high­lights of the tour for him. He said he was flat­tered by all the at­ten­tion and en­joyed min­gling with the kids.

The 21-year-old winger has signed a two- year con­tract with the Brad­ford Bulls and will leave for Eng­land next year.

Betham, who gave an im­promptu mo­ti­va­tional talk to the chil­dren, said it was some­thing he liked to do.

‘‘ It’s good for in­spir­ing young league play­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s about get­ting to grass roots and ru­ral ar­eas and I al­ways en­joy the (vis­it­ing part) of it.’’ 25 years ago Grow­ing in­ci­dence of at­tacks by dogs Fe­bru­ary 5, 1987 The num­ber of at­tacks by un­con­trolled dogs on mem­bers of the pub­lic has reached new heights at Toko­roa, say po­lice.

And they say they may step up Court pro­ceed­ings against own­ers whose dogs are danger­ous or a nui­sance, in an ef­fort to curb the prob­lem.

Se­nior Sergeant Gor­don Glos­sop said that so far this year po­lice had in­ves­ti­gated more than two com- plaints of dog at­tacks each week.

The po­lice com­ments are the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in a long run­ning saga of prob­lems with stray dogs in Toko­roa.

Se­nior Sergeant Glos­sop re­ported that the worst in­ci­dent had oc­curred in mid-jan­uary when a woman had been bit­ten by a Dober­man Pin­scher, one of two guard dogs that had been let loose in the town cen­tre.

He said that charges were pend­ing against the owner of the dogs for al­low­ing a dog to at­tack a per­son and for fail­ing to reg­is­ter the dogs. 50 years ago Tor­nado causes dam­age es­ti­mated at £1000 at Taupo To­tara Mill March 15, 1962 Dam­age es­ti­mated at £1000 was caused when a tor­nado cut through the Taupo To­tara Tim­ber Com­pany’s mill at Toko­roa last Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Some de­bris was thrown for about a quar­ter of a mile across Man­gakino Rd and into a pad­dock.

An odd­ity was that no tim­ber stacks were moved al­though the cover of one was lifted and blown a dis­tance of about 150 yards.

A 60x20ft shed was lifted from its foun­da­tions and frag­ments were strewn over a wide area.

The de­bris caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to an­other mill build­ing about 50 yards away.

Sweep­ing from the south the tor­nado lifted the plan­ing shed and spread cor­ru­gated iron and tim­ber over a wide area with­out, how­ever, dam­ag­ing the ma­chin­ery.

SIGNED AUTOGRAPH: New Zealand War­rior Shon­tayne Hape signs an autograph for his fan, Toko­roa High School stu­dent Whit­ley Manu dur­ing his visit to Toko­roa.

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