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’

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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.

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