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 Toko­roa’s Kevin Mealamu mak­ing his All Blacks de­but, a new elec­torate out­lined and an aerial view of the dist

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10 years ago Toko­roa lad to play Eng­land Novem­ber 6, 2002

Toko­roa’s new­est All Black Kevin Mealamu, 23, will make his test de­but against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham this week­end.

Mealamu joins a se­lect band of All Blacks who started their rugby in Toko­roa.

They in­clude Bernie Fraser from 1979 to 1984, Paul Koteka,1981 and 1982, Ge­off Hines, 1980, Brian Mor­ris­sey, 1981, Jasin Gold­smith, 1988, Wal­ter Lit­tle, 1989 to 1998, Royce Wil­lis, 1998 to 2002.

Mealamu was born in Toko­roa and at­tended Toko­roa North, Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate and Toko­roa High Schools, play­ing school­boy rugby for Toko­roa Rugby Football Club. 25 years ago Out­line for a new elec­torate July 9, 1987

The pos­si­bil­ity of an elec­torate tak­ing in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa may have been greatly in­creased by yes­ter­day’s par­tial ac­cord on South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Pu­taruru is part of the Mata­mata elec­torate – safe for Na­tional, while Toko­roa has in re­cent years been moved out of the Old Taupo elec­torate and into one with Tau­marunui and Tu­rangi un­der the Ton­gariro ban­ner.

It was con­tested for the first time in 1984 and won con­vinc­ingly for Labour by present MP Noel Scott.

One of the men he beat in that elec­tion was Toko­roa’s Mayor Jim Elder.

Mr Elder, a Demo­cratic party mem­ber, says he per­son­ally be­lieves a Dis­trict Coun­cil based on Pu­taruru and Toko­roa would en­hance the chance of a new elec­torate be­ing formed on the same bound­aries.

‘‘I think it would be a good thing,’’ he said last night.

He be­lieves the bound­aries now un­der dis­cus­sion could help sta­bilise the pop­u­la­tion and as­sist in mod­er­ate growth.

Mr Elder adds that the re­duc­ing South Is­land pop­u­la­tion could re­sult in the present quo­tient used for elec­torate be­ing re­duced at a faster rate, fur­ther in­creas­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a favourable view of a South Waikato elec­torate. 50 years ago Area flights for school pupils Au­gust 23, 1962

If the weather is suit­able on Septem­ber 17 and 18, some school pupils from Toko­roa will have a new view of the area in which they live.

Ar­range­ments have been com­pleted for them to make aerial tours of the vicin­ity.

In­cluded will be the Waikato River hy­dro elec­tric sta­tions and Taupo.

Twin en­gined air­craft are to be used and will be based at Wa­haroa for the two days.

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