Celebrating 60 years covering news
More than 60 years of exclusive interviews, headlines, tense rivalries and quality journalism will come to a head this month when the South Waikato News marks its 60th birthday.
The newspaper, which has been at the heart of the South Waikato community for six decades, will mark the milestone at The Tokoroa Club on March 17.
People formerly associated with the paper and confirmed as attending include Bill Smith, editor from 1960, longest- serving editor Brian Burmester, longestserving journalist and present Taranaki Daily News editor Roy Pilot, Hauraki Herald editor Clint Fletcher, Jeremy Rees and Tim Donoghue.
The event will include dinner and guest speakers, Mr Burmester and Mr Smith, who will both share their experiences.
Present South Waikato News editor Florence Kerr said this was an ‘‘extremely proud time’’ for the newspaper. I grew up reading the South Waikato News so it is incredible to be part of such a historical occasion,’’ Ms Kerr said. ‘The South Waikato News has always had a great tradition of delivering quality journalism, something we will strive to continue. It is a thrilling time, not only for former and current staff members but for readers who have taken this journey with us,’’ she said.
‘‘What a privilege it is for me, the manager of the South Waikato News, to be able to celebrate this monumental achievement,’’ Paula Baxter said.
‘‘The South Waikato News
has such a rich history so it is wonderful to be a part of this continuing tradition.
‘‘It is going to be a tremendous night where old friends can come together and reminisce about the good times.’’
The new masthead for the South Waikato News will also be unveiled during the night.
The 60th celebration is also open to the public who have remained loyal to the newspaper for many years.
To buy tickets please stop in at the paper’s office on Bridge 9159.