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 for­mer Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark’s visit to town, five pro­grammes run by the Toko­roa Works Skills Trust in d

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10 years ago Full house hears Prime Min­is­ter’s

an­swers July 24, 2002 The Toko­roa St John Am­bu­lance Hall was packed last Thurs­day with el­i­gi­ble elec­tors all wait­ing to hear what Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark and her Labour Party had to say to the South Waikato.

A wide range of peo­ple from first time vot­ers to the more ex­pe­ri­enced vot­ers at­tended the pub­lic meet­ing ask­ing ques­tions re­gard­ing such is­sues as em­ploy­ment, the Kin­leith re­dun­dan­cies, vet­eran’s health and wel­fare.

One ques­tion asked was, ‘‘ You gave the West Coast $100 mil­lion (when they were in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to us), when are you go­ing to give that to the South Waikato?’’

Miss Clark said al­though Labour would not be giv­ing the dis­trict that sort of money, it would continue to work with the community to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties.’’

‘‘I think the peo­ple of the South Waikato will come up with favourable strate­gies.

‘‘There is no mir­a­cle an­swer and we are not go­ing to pre­tend there is one.’’

Miss Clark’s re­sponse to, ‘‘ why does the gov­ern­ment continue to sup­port peo­ple on the DPB that keep get­ting into that sit­u­a­tion?’’ brought great ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

She replied, ‘‘ What drives us to keep fund­ing a per­son in that sit­u­a­tion is that it’s about not penalising the kids.’’ 25 years ago TWST awaits

world July 9, 1987 The fu­ture of five pro­grammes run by the Toko­roa Works Skills Trust may be in the bal­ance.

Su­per­vi­sor Hamish Crooks told the News yes­ter­day that sub­mis­sions push­ing for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the schemes had been made with the newly es­tab­lished Ton­gariro REAC – but there was some con­cern that they may have missed a dead­line.

TWST presently pro­vides em­ploy­ment for 30 un­em­ployed peo­ple at Toko­roa.

‘‘ The in­for­ma­tion com­ing through at the mo­ment is not the great­est – but we hope to hear some­thing pos­i­tive next week,’’ Mr Crooks said.

Trust chair­man El­wyn Martin said the TWST had found it­self in some­thing of a limbo in re­cent months.

‘‘ We are not sure where we stand with new schemes com­ing onto line,’’ he said.

The TWST work­ing mod­ules cur­rently in progress are labour in­ten­sive and in­clude in­dus­trial and do­mes­tic sewing and ho­tel in­dus­try work cov­er­ing broad spec­trum cater­ing.

But it’s prob­lem is the July 24 ex­piry date – and the ab­sence to date of a go-ahead to pro­vide fur­ther work.

50 years ago Mr J Turner takes first and fourth in photo com­pe­ti­tion Fe­bru­ary 22, 1962 The open com­pe­ti­tion held in con­junc­tion with the Toko­roa Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety’s first meet­ing for 1962 re­cently re­sulted in a win for Mr J Turner with his colour slide, ‘‘Evening stroll’’.

Sec­ond plac­ing went to Mr L Teague, ‘‘ Puff­ball’’, third to Mr R Brownsey’s ‘‘Rose’’ and fourth to Mr J Turner with ‘‘Golden chal­ice’’.

Mem­bers were re­minded that the en­tries for the Wilt­shire Cup con­test had to be handed in be­fore the end of Fe­bru­ary.

VISIT: Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark.

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