Cel­e­brat­ing 60 years cov­er­ing news

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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.

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