Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a lo­cal film-maker pro­duc­ing a film in his own back­yard, dumped pup­pies re­pulse lo­cal SPCA and a housewife kn

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10 years ago Per­fect set is home for film-maker Welby Ings

Jan­uary 15, 2003 Holed up in a half-round hay barn in the South Waikato is not ex­actly where one would ex­pect to find a film-maker at work.

But for Welby Ings, it makes ab­so­lute sense.

There’s plenty of tal­ent and the lo­ca­tion and scenery are per­fect, said Mr Ings. But most of all, it’s home. Raised in Ara­puni and Puke­tu­rua, and now liv­ing in Auck­land, Mr Ings is thrilled to bring home his lat­est project, a 15-minute silent film en­ti­tled Boy.

‘‘Why should peo­ple from the cities have all the op­por­tu­ni­ties?

‘‘There are many tal­ented peo­ple down here,’’ he said.

Mr Ings has writ­ten sev­eral films for Bri­tish tele­vi­sion in­clud­ing Waikatomade The Coop­ers, pub­lished sev­eral short sto­ries and ed­u­ca­tional books, writ­ten for Ra­dio New Zealand and ex­hib­ited his art work.

But this is his first film made with an all New Zealand cast, crew and lo­ca­tion, and one he is very proud of.

Lo­cal ama­teur ac­tors in­clude John ten Velde, Matt Ris­bridge, John Hen­drikse, Au­riol Farquhar and stu­dents from Pu­taruru High School.

Scenery will in­clude Ara­puni’s Hora Hora Road and Pu­taruru High School. 25 years ago Puppy abuse July 5, 1988 Toko­roa SPCA of­fi­cials have been dis­gusted by the dump­ing of four abused pup­pies at the Kin­leith wood dump yes­ter­day.

The four 5- week old pup­pies were found at the dump yes­ter­day morn­ing in a pa­per bag.

The dober­man-cross pup­pies were suf­fer­ing from se­vere ring­worm and were ema­ci­ated.

SPCA pres­i­dent Mrs Shirley Croxon said the abuse is in­ex­cus­able. ‘‘We’re very an­gry. ‘‘It’s one of the most cow­ardly and dis­gust­ing ways to treat an an­i­mal,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s ab­so­lutely hor­rific.’’ She be­lieved the pup­pies had been left to die, and if they had not been found they would have suf­fered a slow, painful death.

Three of the pup­pies were black and one was brown, she said.

Be­cause they were so ill, the pup­pies have since been eu­thanased.

Had the SPCA known that the pup­pies were not wanted, ef­forts could have been made to find new own­ers, she said.

50 years ago Woman dis­turbs prowler

March 28, 1963 A prowler dis­cov­ered on an In­veresk Pl prop­erty at about 8.30pm on Sun­day night knocked a woman to the ground with a blow on the head be­fore mak­ing off into the dark­ness.

The woman, a housewife, was bring­ing in milk bot­tles when an uniden­ti­fied man stepped out of the shad­ows and struck her with his fist.

The Toko­roa Po­lice are mak­ing in­quiries and are anx­ious to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion from any­one who no­ticed any­thing sus­pi­cious in the vicin­ity of In­veresk Pl at that hour on Sun­day night.

HOME CROWD: Film-maker Welby Ings is thrilled to be mak­ing his lat­est film in his home town, Ara­puni.

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