2012 IN REVIEW – FEBRUARY
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 188.8.131.52 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.