South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

July 4, 2012 DISGRACE: How can you? Pub­lic out­rage and sup­port fol­low­ing the as­sault on Toko­roa grand­par­ents Bob and Mar­garet Gabolin­scy has been over­whelm­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple have blown me away. Our house is like a florist. Ev­ery­one has been very kind. It has been a busy three days,’’ Mrs Gabolin­scy said. ‘‘The good wishes of the peo­ple have been lovely but that’s Toko­roa isn’t it.’’ July 11, 2012 Aabuse cases dropped Two of the worst cases of re­cent an­i­mal abuse in the South Waikato re­sulted in per­pe­tra­tors not be­ing pros­e­cuted for their crimes.

Ear­lier this year the South Waikato News re­ported that an 18-year-old cat had to be eu­thanised be­cause of its hor­rific con­di­tion.

The South Waikato SPCA com­mit­tee de­cided as the cat was gone that there was nowhere to take the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son said. July 18, 2012 Happy 105th Ethel She is of­fi­cially the old­est res­i­dent Pu­taruru Rangiura Re­tire­ment Vil­lage has had.

Ethel Rogers marked her 105th birth­day last week with fam­ily and friends at her home in Pu­taruru. July 25, 2012 Dr Ngapo, I be­lieve Be­ing de­clined a job in the bush led to Toko­roa’s Koro­here Ngapo mak­ing his­tory by be­com­ing the first stu­dent at Waikato Univer­sity to com­plete a PhD the­sis in te reo Maori.

Dr Ngapo, who is not quite com­fort­able with the ti­tle, laughs as he re­calls the day his ap­pli­ca­tion was de­clined.

‘‘I was never an aca­demic at school, far from it. I only went to school to play rugby and go to my te reo classes. When I left school I ap­plied to get a job in the bush, the boss out there, Casper McMa­hon said ‘sorry boy, the bush isn’t for you, you need to go to univer­sity’. I was sort of shocked, I had no qual­i­fi­ca­tions and I couldn’t even get a job in the bush,’’ Dr Ngapo laughs.

Dr Ngapo, who has worked for six years at the univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Te Kakano Rua pro­gramme cred­its his up­bring­ing in Toko­roa and his peo­ple of Hau­raki.

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