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 James Kamana’s rugby selection, Lisa’s winning ways and new hall opens
10 years ago James sets new standard for rugby at Forest View HS August 21, 2002 Forest View High School student James Kamana (17) is the first student from the school to be selected for the Northern Region A Secondary Schools Rugby Team.
James played for Waikato Secondary Schools team at Northern Region tournament in July and was one of only two Waikato players chosen for the team. Forest View High School sports coordinator Denise Hein said James was the first Forest View High School student to make the A team.
‘‘We had a player on the B team but I can’t remember another one on the A team. It’s a good achievement.’’
The team is made up of 22 players from King Country to Kaitaia.
James is currently attending training camp in Otahuhu in preparation for a secondary schools tournament where 88 of the best secondary school rugby players in New Zealand will be on display.
Players on the Northern Region team have been identified with huge potential and this tournament gives them the opportunity to be seen by New Zealand selectors and NPC coaches.
25 years ago Lovely Lisa’s winning way. And Charisse makes 2
October 1, 1987 New Miss Waikato Lisa Corban was immediately being tipped to go to greater heights after she led a South Waikato double last night.
Lisa, the 1987 Tokoroa Festival Queen, added the Miss Waikato to title at Hamilton last night – to qualify for a place in the Miss New Zealand quest early next year.
And the Tokoroa Festival Queen Trust sponsored 18- year- old should excell there too, says Trust member Margaret Paddy.
Lisa, a dental assistant who works at Higgins and Konings, Tokoroa, beat Richardson’s Pharmacy dispensary technician Charisse Jack into first place earlier this year – and she did the same again last night in the South Waikato’s most successful effort in the show.
Earlier the two girls joined Huntly’s Vanessa Porter, Hamilton’s Rachel Higgins, Dallas Head, Dawn Wheeler and Yvonne Vollebregt in the finals.
Mrs Paddy said that the three other South Waikato entrants – Melanie Currie, Chantell Potroz and Wendy Thomasen could have counted themselves unlucky not to have made the final stages because the competition was so close.
50 years ago Mr Gotz to open new hall
November 22, 1962 Tokoroa’s new multipurpose memorial hall will be officially opened by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Leon Gotz on the afternoon of Saturday, December 1.
The hall which will provide Tokoroa with its second cinema and concert hall us a beautiful new addition to the town’s increasing number of public amenities.
The cost of the hall construction, together with improvements to the old hall, was in the vicinity of £50,000.
Included in that figure was a £ 3000 grant from the Golden Kiwi lottery funds.
STANDARDS: James Kamana.