Ta­mariki ap­pear on TV

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 Pukana vis­it­ing Mangakino, a crowd pleas­ing per­for­mance by Toko­roa High School and a youth club has its build

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10 years ago Mangakino fea­tures in chil­dren’s TV show July 31, 2002 It was lights, cam­era and ac­tion in Mangakino when pop­u­lar chil­dren’s show Pukana was film­ing in town last week.

Ta­mariki from Te Ko­hanga Reo Tua Rua o Mangakino and the Area School’s Ru­maki Class didn’t ap­pear to be fazed by the tele­vi­sion cam­eras but re­ally en­joyed the day.

Pukana di­rec­tor Hori Ahipene said he was ter­ri­fied to be film­ing back in his ‘‘old school’’, but soon re­laxed once he heard the karanga dur­ing the powhiri.

‘‘It’s eas­ier to go on stage around the world but once I heard the call it felt like I had come home,’’ he said. ‘‘It was like a jour­ney.’’ Maori lan­guage show Pukana is cur­rently broad­cast on Sun­day at 9am on TV3 and re­plays the fol­low­ing Satur­day on TV4, with English sub­ti­tles.

Pukana first be­gan in 1999, when it for­merly known as Tumeke.

That year it won best chil­dren’s pro­gramme cat­e­gory in the TV Guide Tele­vi­sion Awards and this year was nom­i­nated for the third time.

Pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant Mi­hi­rangi Blos­som who also grew up in Mangakino, said it was great for the kids of the town to see what could be achieved.

The show filmed in Mangakino is expected to air next week­end. 25 years ago Act a win­ner July 7, 1987 Toko­roa High School’s pro­duc­tion of Say the Kids was a win­ner in the one act play fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by the Toko­roa Lit­tle The­atre last week.

The play was voted by the au­di­ences as the best play.

And to cap it off, two of the students shared the Novice Ac­tors Tro­phy.

They were Tina Singh and Ja­son Bluett.

The cast of 35 tal­ented young­sters are students in the cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties drama and mu­sic op­tion of­fered in the fourth form at Toko­roa High School.

These students spent much of their own time, in re­hearsals.

The play Say the Kids is a mu­si­cal drama writ­ten by Bill Killen and Lyn Ren­wick of Auck­land.

Both per­form­ers and au­di­ence could iden­tify with many of the scenes and songs high­light­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of grow­ing up.

It is a funny play which al­lowed all the students to show their abun­dant en­ergy and tal­ent to en­ter­tain oth­ers.

50 years ago Youth club foun­da­tion is com­plete

Fe­bru­ary 8, 1962 Af­ter a fort­night’s work, the re­in­forced steel and con­crete foun­da­tion work for the Youth Club build­ing in Clyde Road is al­most com­plete.

In the space of the next few weeks, work will be­gin on the fram­ing of the build­ing.

A spokesman for the or­gan­i­sa­tion said: ‘‘This will be the time when we will need all the as­sis­tance we can get for both the trades­men’s work in­volved and the labour­ing.’’

He in­vited any­one will­ing to do­nate a few hours’ work to contact the sec­re­tary, Mr W Over­hill, at 8215.

ON SHOW: Mangakino Area School’s Ru­maki class takes cen­tre stage with the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Pukana.

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