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

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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.

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