2012 IN REVIEW – JULY
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.