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Each 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 Col­sons Hill van­dal­ism, young op­er­atic tal­ent on show and a Toko­roa beauty win­ning Miss Auck­land ti­tle.

10 years ago Thought­less few de­stroy com­mu­nity work of many

Fe­bru­ary 12, 2003 Thought­less van­dals took only min­utes to de­stroy the hours of hard work by 50 lo­cal Lions mem­bers when they tagged the newly beau­ti­fied Col­sons Hill look­out last week.

Toko­roa Host Lions Club pres­i­dent Peter Knox, who or­gan­ised the work­ing bee, said he was ‘‘gut­ted’’ to see the work of so many peo­ple, ru­ined.

‘‘ In two min­utes they’ve de­stroyed all the ef­forts of 50 peo­ple,’’ he said.

‘‘We are try­ing to do it up for ev­ery­body.’’

About 50 Lions from the Toko­roa Host, Toko­roa Pakeke and Toko­roa City Lions clubs worked through- out the day on Fe­bru­ary 1 to up­grade Col­sons Hill.

On Thurs­day night van­dals spray painted their tag names ‘‘wiz­ardz’’ and ‘‘dy­nasty’’ over the newly-painted seats and look­out, as well as on trees and the water tower.

25 years ago Ju­nior op­er­atic group re­hearses Star­blaze

July 28, 1988 Re­hearsals for the Toko­roa Ju­nior Op­er­atic So­ci­ety group’s first pro­duc­tion Star­blaze be­gan this week.

The ju­nior mem­bers are busy re­hears­ing for their first pro­duc­tion which is sched­uled to open at the Toko­roa Op­er­atic So­ci­ety hall at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

Di­rec­tor Amanda Ste­wart said the pro­duc­tion is a space fan­tasy and in­volves a cast of 48 chil­dren and teenagers aged be­tween eight and 15. Miss Ste­wart said the op­por­tu­nity to stage the show will give younger mem­bers of the so­ci­ety the chance to show their tal­ent.

‘‘I think it will give younger mem­bers a chance to do things.’’

She said there were a num­ber of very tal­ented chil­dren in the cast.

50 years ago Toko­roa girl wins Miss Auck­land ti­tle

May 16, 1963 A 23- year- old hazel- eyed blonde, Toko­roa school teacher Diane Cham­bers, was se­lected from 25 con­tes­tants for the pre­mier north­ern beauty award, the Miss Auck­land ti­tle, last week.

An in­ter­me­di­ate school teacher, Miss Cham­bers de­cided to en­ter the con­test on the sug­ges­tion of friends and now finds her­self plunged into the world of glam­our and pre­par­ing to rep­re­sent Auck­land at the Miss New Zealand quest in Dunedin at Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

One of the tests for the girls en­tered in the Miss Auck­land con­test was to make an im­promptu minute- long speech on any sub­ject.

Miss Cham­bers was not at a loss for words.

She de­voted her minute to a short talk on Toko­roa and Kin­leith.

DAM­AGED: Toko­roa Host Lion Brad Sax­ton in­spects the dam­age at Col­sons Hill.

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