FROM THE ARCHIVES
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
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.