Ev­ery week South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives for what was mak­ing news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a wear­able arts fash­ion show, a com­pro­mis­ereached on coun­cil struc­ture, and Santa rides elephant through town.

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10 years ago Wear­able art im­presses crowd Septem­ber 25, 2002 St Mary’s Wear­able Art Com­pe­ti­tion was the most suc­cess­ful yet for the Pu­taruru show.

Thirty- seven en­tries de­lighted the crowd of 200 in the St Pat’s hall for a stun­ning and en­joy­able night, com­pe­ti­tion spokes­woman Sh­eryl Van Dyk said.

Ju­nior classes mod­elled their mask creations as proud par­ents cheered them on.

Judges Kelly Rugg, Anne Water­worth and John Martin had their work cut out for them choos­ing the win­ners in all four sec­tions, mak­ing the most of ex­tra time to make their fi­nal de­ci­sions.

‘‘ Most peo­ple com­mented that they were glad they were not judg­ing and this in it­self proves the high stan­dards the stu­dents achieved,’’ Mrs Van Dyk said.

25 years ago Com­pro­mise on Coun­cil

struc­ture Au­gust 25, 1987 A com­pro­mise has been rea- ched to clear the way for the es­tab­lish­ment of a new South Waikato District Coun­cil.

In a sig­nif­i­cant con­ces­sion the Toko­roa Bor­ough Coun­cil agreed to a coun­cil make-up of eight seats while Pu­taruru town­ship has three and the ru­ral rid­ings four.

It took two-and-a-half hours for the Toko­roa Coun­cil to agree to an ear­lier pro­posal from Mata­mata County Coun­cil that a 8-4-3 ra­tio be adopted.

Ear­lier plans had a 7-4-3 ra­tio but Toko­roa in­sisted that this should change in its favour af­ter agree­ing to pro­pos­als for a com­mu­nity coun­cil to be based on Pu­taruru.

The new South Waikato District Coun­cil will com­prise 16 mem­bers, in­clud­ing a mayor elected at large.

Fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s de­bate on the is­sue Toko­roa mayor Jim El­der, is­sued a three-page state­ment back­ing his coun­cil claim for greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the new coun­cil.

He said Toko­roa had been op­posed to the Pu­taruru pro­posal for a District Coun­cil.

‘‘If this is left un­chal­lenged it will be­come a se­ri­ous hand­i­cap and a de­ter­rent to the devel­op­ment of a district coun­cil with district rep­re­sen­ta­tives and staff who think in district terms and make district pol­icy,’’ Mr El­der said.

‘‘In the mat­ter of district com­mu­nity coun­cils, my coun­cil really wants no part of them.’’

50 years ago Santa to ride Elephant

through town De­cem­ber 13, 1962 The prover­bial bull in the china shop tale will take a novel twist at Toko­roa next Mon­day af­ter­noon when the Farm­ers Trad­ing Com­pany in Leith Place will have an elephant on dis­play in­side the shop.

The elephant, one of a team from a vis­it­ing cir­cus, will carry Fa­ther Christ­mas in an elephant pa­rade through the town and will later sit be­side Fa­ther Christ­mas’ throne in the trad­ing store.

Seven ele­phants will take part in the pa­rade which will leave the government block at about 3.45pm and wend its way past the post of­fice through Bridge and Rose­berry streets and back to Leith Place.

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