South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

May 2, 2012 Poppy rit­ual con­tin­ues It’s April 25 and he fas­tens his medals to the left side of his jacket; just above the breast, a rit­ual he has fol­lowed for close to 76 years.

He marches the New Zealand flag into the Ti­rau War Me­mo­rial Hall, the same hall in which he, as a young man, saw real An­zac sol­diers pay trib­ute to their fallen com­rades.

He stands the flag near the Ti­rau District Roll of Hon­our, a board that pays trib­ute to all the men of Ti­rau who fought dur­ing both great wars, a board which also bears his name.

Ninety- one- year- old Ste­wart Gray sits thought­fully in the pew re­served for war veter­ans; with the 90 or so mem­bers of the pub­lic who at­tend the An­zac day cer­e­mony, Mr Ste­wart will pray with them, sing with them and ap­peal to God to save the Queen. May 9, 2012 Chin off to start ther­apy Fa­ther of six, Chris­tian Vano is one step closer to re­al­is­ing his goal of be­ing able to walk again when he starts at the Re­ac­ti­vate Cen­tre in Te Awa­mutu to­mor­row, thanks to you, the com­mu­nity.

Mr Vano fea­tured in the South Waikato News two weeks ago need­ing to raise $24,000 to pay for a spot at The Re­ac­ti­vate Cen­tre, which spe­cialises in spinal cord in­jury and does in­ten­sive ther­apy to im­prove mo­bil­ity.

Mr Vano has been paral­ysed from the waist down for close to two years af­ter a tu­mour was re­moved from his spine.

In De­cem­ber 2011, Mr Vano started to get sen­sa­tion back in his left leg. ‘‘It was an amaz­ing feel­ing. I could tense my left leg, af­ter not hav­ing any feel­ing for so long; I can’t de­scribe it.’’ May 16, 2012 Winifred talks up life Turn­ing 100 is a gi­ant mile­stone but what do you do when you turn 101 years old? Have your first ra­dio in­ter­view, of course.

Toko­roa’s old­est res­i­dent, Winifred Bag­ga­ley, gig­gled be­hind the mi­cro­phone be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in her first on-air in­ter­view at Raukawa FM last week.

May 23, 2012 Ra­dio spend ques­tioned Raukawa FM gen­eral man­ager Wendy Bid­dle has ques­tioned the $37,000 paid by South Waikato District Coun­cil to Toko­roa Clas­sic Hits, a ra­dio sta­tion man­aged by Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock.

Dur­ing last week’s long-term plan 2012-22 hear­ings Mrs Bid­dle de­liv­ered her ver­bal submission call­ing for Raukawa FM to re­ceive equal treat­ment to Toko­roa Clas­sic Hits.

Mrs Bid­dle said Raukawa FM was ready to pro­mote the district to its 15,000 lis­ten­er­ship. ‘

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