Dis­trict needed voice of youth

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 students call­ing for a youth coun­cil, a vot­ing split and a Toko­roa truck may have been used in Taupo bur­glary

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10 years ago Dis­trict needs youth coun­cil say students July 3, 2002 Af­ter at­tend­ing a Youth in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment con­fer­ence, three lo­cal high school students de­cided the South Waikato needs a youth coun­cil.

Jo­hanna McIn­doe, Pu­taruru High School, Re­becca Schon­berger, Toko­roa High School, and Amy Blake­more, For­est View High School, along with South Waikato Dis­trict coun­cil­lors Frances Camp­bell and Norm Barker, at­tended the con­fer­ence in Ro­torua in May.

The con­fer­ence was based on three themes – grow­ing the po­ten­tial for youth re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­tion in en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues: real ways of in­clud­ing young peo­ple in lo­cal gov­ern­ment busi­ness and de­ci­sion- mak­ing; and cre­at­ing path­ways and re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to youth em­ploy­ment.

The students lis­tened to guest speak­ers, such as 18- year- old North Shore City Coun­cil­lor Paula Gil­lon, and at­tended work­shops about youth ini­tia­tives.

The con­cept of youth coun­cils was a hot topic, and al­though a new idea for the South Waikato students, all agreed the re­gion would ben­e­fit from hav­ing one.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion to coun­cil last week, For­est View High School head girl Amy Blake­more said a youth coun­cil should be a goal for the South Waikato.

‘‘It is the ideal way for our coun­cil to be more youth-friendly.

‘‘ This will not only al­low the young peo­ple of our community to voice their opin­ions but also pro­vide them with the op­por­tu­nity to learn how lo­cal gov­ern­ment works.’’

25 years ago Coun­cil reps split

equal? July 14, 1987 A new Tim­ber­land Dis­trict Coun­cil tak­ing in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa would see an equal vot­ing split be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban.

This was sug­gested last night by Toko­roa Fed­er­ated Farm­ers branch chair­man Chris Lux­ford, who said his un­der­stand of the ar­range­ment be­ing dis­cussed was for a to­tal of 15 rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Seven would come from the town­ship of Toko­roa, three from Pu­taruru and four from the ru­ral sec­tor.

‘‘The as­sump­tion is that Pu­taruru is more ru­rally in­clined,’’ he pointed out.

With a mayor elected at large, the leader of the new dis­trict coun­cil would have, poten- tially, enor­mous power with his vote in the event of a ru­ral-ur­ban division be­com­ing ev­i­dent on such a Coun­cil.

Mayor Jim Elder has re­fused to re­lease any de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the struc­ture of the pro­posed Pu­taru­ruToko­roa Coun­cil.

50 years ago Toko­roa truck may have been used in Taupo bur­glary

April 27, 1962 A three-ton Bed­ford truck, li­cense num­ber H40-990, fleet num­ber L262, the prop­erty of NZ For­est Prod­ucts was taken from be­hind the Forestry Depart­ment build­ing, Roslin St, some­time be­tween 9pm on April 21 and 8am on April 22.

The truck was re­cov­ered near Tokaanu on April 22 and the po­lice be­lieve it was used in the of­fence of bur­glary at the Ngau­ruhoe Sports Shop, Horo­matangi St, in Taupo on the same night.

Firearms and am­mu­ni­tion were stolen from the shop.

DO YOU HEAR US?: High school students Jo­hanna McIn­doe, Amy Blake­more and Re­becca Schon­berger rep­re­sented the South Waikato at a re­cent Youth in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment con­fer­ence in Ro­torua.

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