2012 IN REVIEW – APRIL
April 4, 2012
Pacific dancers delight April 11, 2012 New principal brings diverse experience
The L plate on the outside of her office door is a friendly reminder that she is a first-time principal.
Tokoroa’s Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School’s new principal Helen McGuigan has been in charge since January 31 and aims to raise the levels of student achievement.
‘‘I was approached by the Hamilton Catholic Diocese; Tokoroa has been a hard to staff area,’’ Ms McGuigan said.
She plans to focus on three areas: strengthening partnership between home and school, raising the level of student achievement so students are exceeding national standards and building greater learning relationships between students and teachers.
She also plans to work on increasing the school’s roll. April 18, 2012 Wartime capture recalled Tucked away in Tokoroa, war veteran and former prisoner of war Peter Boast, now 86 years old, remembers when he was captured in the Mediterranean and transported to Germany.
Mr Boast, who is originally from Southampton, England and has lived in Tokoroa since 1952, was a member of the Royal Navy.
‘‘I joined (the Royal Navy) as a boy at the age of 15, that would have been just before the war in 1939. I was a bit young but I was already in the Sea Scouts, it was easier to join. But when you joined as a boy and the war broke out you became a man,’’ Mr Boast said. April 25, 2012 Town pioneers’ centenary Marie Guyett has seen Tokoroa in all its guises: from a one-shop town, which her father owned, to a bustling area that almost reached city status.
Mrs Guyett has seen all these things because her family were one of the first settlers in the town.
This weekend four generations of the Guyett family will celebrate 100 years since their ancestors moved to Tokoroa.
‘‘My maternal grandfather Robert Henry West arrived in Tokoroa from Auckland in April, 1912,’’ Mrs Guyett says.
‘‘He had bad health and was told the clean air here would be good for his ailing health.’’
KIA ORA: Maoridom met Polynesia on Saturday when Tayla Taikato of Maori descent won the Te Eiva Nui Intermediate section with Toru-Atua Tearoa- Natua. Pacific beauties and warriors performed a traditional Cook Islands dance to secure a win in the popular Te Eiva Nui Competition. Moeroa Maea along with Paris Lindsay, Elijah Kingi, Rico Tarai, Hoana Soloman, Tayla Taikato, Toru Atua Tearoa-Natua and Christopher Bishop came away with a win in their respective sections. Winners will now perform at the National Te Eiva Nui competition to be held at the Tokoroa High School hall in November.