South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

Fe­bru­ary 1, 2012

The Toko­roa Sports Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion held its an­nual Take a Kid Fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion over the week­end.

The pro­gramme, aimed at bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether, is held at Toko­roa’s Lake Moananui at Auck­land An­niver­sary Week­end be­fore chil­dren head back to school.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Butch Bis­ley said the com­pe­ti­tion was not really a com­pe­ti­tion but more of a fam­ily fun week­end out.

‘‘We had chil­dren lin­ing up on Fri­day to reg­is­ter with their fam­i­lies. It was great to see fam­i­lies hav­ing pic­nic lunches while they watched their chil­dren fish­ing. Some stayed till mid­night.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion is now in its fourth year and was cre­ated af­ter as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers be­came con­cerned with how some chil­dren in the com­mu­nity were us­ing their free time.

Mem­ber Tony Baldwin said it was about keep­ing chil­dren away from the Three Gs – ‘‘Grass, graf­fiti and gangs.’’

‘‘ This was a way our club could get chil­dren do­ing some­thing fun that isn’t go­ing to cost the world. You don’t need a flash fish­ing rod to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, a hand line works just as well. We knew that if chil­dren are par­tic­i­pat­ing they aren’t do­ing the three Gs.’’ Fe­bru­ary 8, 2012 Po­lice called to park­ing clash A de­ci­sion to dis­man­tle a road­block at gates to Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports Ground on Thurs­day evening led to the ar­rival of Toko­roa po­lice and South Waikato District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall.

South­ern United Rugby Foot­ball Club chair­man Dick Harpur was re­mov­ing the block to al­low touch play­ers to park in­side the ground, which had been closed by the South Waikato Sports and Leisure Board be­cause of ‘‘ se­cu­rity and safety is­sues’’ re­lat­ing to the con­struc­tion of the Sports and Events Cen­tre.

But RDT Pa­cific project man­ager John Mered­ith, who was hired by coun­cil to man­age the con­struc­tion of the cen­tre, said he was not aware that park­ing had been pro­hib­ited at the grounds.

When asked by the South Waikato News if he was wor­ried about sports users park­ing in­side the sta­dium Mr Mered­ith said it was not an is­sue.

‘‘There have been three or four at­tempts by peo­ple try­ing to break into the site but this is a night-time is­sue,’’ Mr Mered­ith said.

‘‘ Our build­ing con­trac­tors were told not to park by the ten­nis courts, so the play­ers can park there.’’

De­spite this, po­lice and Mr Hall were called to the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports Ground on Thurs­day when Mr Harpur dis­man­tled a makeshift road­block from the gates to the grounds to al­low touch play­ers to park in­side. Fe­bru­ary 15, 2012 Warn­ing over fires The South Waikato District Coun­cil last month re­ceived a for­mal warn­ing from the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil af­ter two staff mem­bers burnt ve­hi­cle tyres on the banks of the Matarawa Stream.

South Waikato News was alerted by read­ers who were con­cerned about the pol­lu­tion be­ing caused by the burn­ing of the tyres. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion found three dif­fer­ent piles where tyres had been burnt.

South Waikato District Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall con­firmed the breach and said the two coun­cil staff in­volved had been spo­ken to about the in­ci­dent.

Mr Hall said they used the tyres to burn tree prun­ings.

The warn­ing car­ries no fi­nan­cial penalty but serves as a record to be con­sid­ered if of­fend­ing oc­curs again.

En­vi­ron­ment is­sues are reg­u­lated by the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

A coun­cil spokesman said, ‘‘The burn­ing of tyres in the open is a pro­hib­ited ac­tiv­ity un­der rule of the Waikato Re­gional Plan and is a na­tion­ally pro­hib­ited ac­tiv­ity in reg­u­la­tions un­der the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dard for air qual­ity. Burn­ing tyres in the open is there­fore an of­fence against the Re­source Man­age­ment Act.’’ Fe­bru­ary 29, 2012 Po­lice urged to dig for Jef­ferie’s body Two anom­alies were found dur­ing a search at a Toko­roa ad­dress for two-year-old Jef­ferie Hill, a report has found.

The report pro­duced by GPR Ser­vice Ltd owner Martin King, who con­ducted the radar search on Fe­bru­ary 4, re­vealed two anom­alies had been found at the Ed­ward St ad­dress.

‘‘There do ap­pear to be two lo­ca­tions with shal­low, anoma­lous look­ing re­flec­tors. The au­thor is not en­tirely con­vinced that the iden­ti­fied ar­eas are of un­nat­u­ral or man-made ori­gin, how­ever they do ap­pear to be suf­fi­ciently anoma­lous to war­rant fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by ex­ca­va­tion.’’ Mr King said in the report.

Two-year-old Jef­ferie Hill went miss­ing in 1968. At the time, the coro­ner ruled the death as a drown­ing in the Matarawa Creek but a body was never found.

Ru­mours cir­cu­lated in the town that Tom Stubbs, the Hills’ former neigh­bour, had some­thing to do with the dis­ap­pear­ance of Jef­ferie in 1968.

Ray Bartlett, an­other neigh­bour of the Hill fam­ily, said in 1968 he saw Tom Stubbs bury­ing some­thing in his back yard.

The two anom­alies have been found in the former Stubbs’ home.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Ke­van Verry of Toko­roa said po­lice were re­view­ing the report.

FISH­ING FUN: Fam­i­lies gath­ered for the an­nual Take a Kid Fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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