Plaza job sponsor needed
Every week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to find out what was making the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found stories on an upgrade for The Plaza in Putaruru, Allen Nickalls’ unbeaten run at the South Waikato Motorcycle Club’
10 years ago Plaza upgrade under way
February 19, 2003 Work on the Putaruru Plaza upgrade has started with the refurbishment of the auditorium and the disabled access in the lift due for completion before the Plaza’s first two major events of the year.
Putaruru’s Macabins Builders started work nearly two weeks ago and South Waikato Arts Trust chairwoman Yvonne Sycamore said the first two stages of work would be finished in time for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s visit and the Putaruru Water Festival in March.
After those events, work on the foyer and kitchen will start.
Mrs Sycamore said although there was not enough funding at this stage to complete the upgrade, proposals had been presented to potential sponsors.
‘‘We had a very favourable reply in response to a proposal, it’s very exciting.’’
She said they were definitely looking for more sponsors and major sponsors would be offered naming rights.
Mrs Sycamore said the Plaza was playing a large role in the water festival as venue for Film Splash and the Fluid Fashion wearable arts awards.
25 years ago Nickalls into moto lead
July 5, 1988 Mangakino’s Allen Nickalls was unbeaten in the fourth round of the South Waikato Motorcycle Club’s motocross series at Amisfield last Sunday.
He won all three of his races to climb up from third place after the first three rounds to hit the front in the junior 125cc championship, and to take the lead from Waimiha’s Greg Browne.
Putaruru’s Shane Brightwell, who was having his first race in the class, and who will move into senior ranks next time out, is in seventh place overall.
Lichfield’s James Way maintained his good form in the 12-13 years 85cc class, but is being pushed all the way by Putaruru’s Tony Brightwell who lies just one point behind.
Tokoroa’s Andrew Hardisty occupies fourth spot in the 8-11 years 85cc class which was again dominated by Rotorua’s Daniel Marshall, who leads the field from Tauranga’s Simon Martin and Hamilton’s Dean Rameka.
Leslie Carter from Tokoroa is in fifth spot after four rounds.
50 years ago Mangakino author receives acclaim for latest book
April 4, 1963 Former Mangakino High School teacher Noel Hilliard has once again burst into print, this time with a book that is being acclaimed throughout the world.
His last book, Maori Girl, was very underestimated but it appears that his latest book, A Piece of Land, will get him the honour for which he is due.
The book of 25 beautifully compiled stories presents a good humoured picture of New Zealand life, the workers, farmers, women and children, Maori and Europeans.
ALL ACTION: Kevin Jamieson from Macabins Builders hard at work on the upgrade of the Putaruru Plaza.