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
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.