Henry van der Heyden is new Fonterra chair
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 Henry van der Heyden’s appointment to Fonterra, parking wardens on the prowl and a local girl heading over to
10 years ago Henry to head Fonterra
August 28, 2002 Putaruru farmer Henry van der Heyden was elected chairman of Fonterra after John Roadley announced his resignation from the position last week.
He will resign following the annual meeting on September 12 but has agreed to stay on the board until the end of the year to assist in the transition.
Mr Roadley said he had worked closely with the Mr van der Heyden over a number of years.
‘‘He is a natural leader and has a great contribution to make to this industry. I wish him well and he will always have my full support.’’
Putaruru farmer Christina Baldwin said she was very pleased a local farmer was made chairman.
‘‘Personally, I am very pleased, he’s local. It’s a good call.’’
She said he appreciated the support of the local farming community.
‘‘He’s keeping in touch with his farming roots and contacts, which is very important to him. He keeps in regular touch and communicates with us, he manages the bigger picture.’’
She believed Mr van der Heyden was well qualified to take on his new job.
‘‘He’s got the skills to cope, he has superb skills to chair the board.’’
South Waikato News was unable to contact Mr van der Heyden for comment.
25 years ago Parking fines on the rise
August 27, 1987 Parking infringement fines will carry more weight in the future.
The Tokoroa Borough Council, which has introduced parking wardens and fines for ‘‘over-stayers’’ only in recent times, yesterday voted to double all but the smallest fines now imposed.
But it took the council some time to reach a compromise on the fine structure after several councillors expressed reservations that the system should be in use at all.
‘‘I voted against it from the start,’’ Cr Mary Crum said.
‘‘It does nothing to attract people to the town – they did it at Rotorua and as a result many people stopped going there,’’ argued Cr Corrie Rozendaal.
50 years ago Tokoroa girl to tour Europe
December 20, 1962 Early in the new year a young Tokoroa bank officer, Miss Colleen Mullane, daughter of Mr and Mrs J P Mullane of 29 Glencourse Street, will leave New Zealand with a friend for a working holiday in Europe.
Making the trip with Miss Mullane will be Miss Susan Wright, formerly of Tokoroa, who is at present living at Mt Maunganui with her parents, Sergeant and Mrs Wright.
Sergeant Wright was posted to the Mount Maunganui police station from Tokoroa.
Miss Mullane, who is 22 years old finishes work at the Tokoroa branch of National Bank Christmas Eve.