Safety, bowls and serious deficit
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 there are a team’s efforts to make the community safer, Trixie winning more bowling accolades, and official calls for education t
10 years ago Community safety key to campaign December 4, 2002 About 2000 safety packs will be handed out to Mangakino residents in a bid to promote community safety.
An initiative of the Mangakino/Taupo Safer Community Council and Mangakino Volunteer Fire Brigade, the packs will contain information ranging from how to deal with a civil emergency through to protecting your property from theft. Smoke alarms will also be installed free throughout the campaign.
Volunteers have already delivered packs to several properties in Mangakino with more expected to be delivered over the next few weeks.
Personal alarms are also available for sale at a discounted price throughout the safety campaign.
Safer Community co-ordinator Linda Moss said there would also be a push for people to join Neighbourhood Watch groups and a meeting had been set down for 10.30am on December 13 at the Mangakino Community Agency Centre.
25 years ago Trixie wins 14th title
February 13, 1987 Trixie Reid increased her club championship tally to 14 when she recently won the Tokoroa East Women’s Bowling Club’s senior championship singles.
The victory was her third in succession in the championship, gave her four singles titles in five years, and left her one short of the 15 titles she needed for her second bar.
Women bowlers are awarded a gold star when they win five club titles and are given a bar for every five titles they collect after that.
Reid is also the holder of a Waikato Women’s Bowling Centre gold star, having won two centre four titles, two intermediate singles and one junior singles.
In addition, she looks like adding to her club tally and winning her second bar when the club’s championship pairs is completed today and the triples at some yet-to-be arranged date.
50 years ago Education must be taken more seriously
December 20, 1962 ‘‘This is spouting season and there is geothermal activity in every school in New Zealand at this time,’’ commented the mayor of Hamilton, Dr D Rogers, at the end-of-year function of Putaruru High School last week.
‘‘This is the time of year when people like to have a lot to say. A certain amount gets into the newspapers – and nobody pays any notice of it whatsoever.
‘‘These reports on school activities and needs should be a vital impact on the whole education system and they are not taken as seriously as they should be.
‘‘I seriously believe that the nation which has the most efficient system of education will survive. Education must be taken more seriously, and parents must take their share of responsibility with teachers.’’
SAFETY TEAM: These seven people are out to make your home a safer place. From left: Anaru Savage, Stronger Community Action Fund coordinator Linda Spafford, Taupo/Mangakino Safer Community co-ordinator Linda Moss, AFS students Marvin Steinboeck, Roger Castro, Stine Sondergaard and Bernard King.