FROM THE ARCHIVES
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 a community’s mammoth fundraising effort, school festival attracts many and Road Safety Council adds new membe
10 years ago Tirau Dog Team close to
goal February 12, 2003 Tirau is soon to become a guide dog.
Thanks to a 17- month appeal the community has raised nearly $20,000 of the $22,500 needed to breed, feed and train a new blind dog to be named after the township.
The idea was put forward by Sheryn Clothier and the Tirau Dog Team was formed.
Team chairwoman Lois Gardiner said the fundraising had been a big effort by members of the community since October 2001.
With the sales of lemons, grapefruit, walnuts and jam at shops around the town, as well as donations, the team had raised over $10,000 by April last year.
But it has been the Christmas period that has seen a huge influx of funds.
25 years ago School festival a success
August 2, 1988 A Tokoroa combined schools festival held last Wednesday was a tremendous success, according to organisers.
Festival organiser and David Henry, primary school principal Alan Barris said the festival was a great success and the annual event attracted about 800 parents and pupils.
Children from nine schools attended the event which was held last Wednesday at the Tainui Intermediate School Hall, a shift from the Tokoroa Memorial Hall which had been the venue for many years before.
The festival featured mass choir performances and also individual school items.
Mr Barris said there was also a variety of performances including dance items and musical arrangements.
50 years ago Woman appointed to Road Safety Council
April 10, 1963 Recently appointed to the New Zealand Road Safety Council to represent women’s interests, Mrs Esme Tombleson, MP for Gisborne, is the only woman member of that body, but she can probably claim as much practical motoring experience as, and possibly more than, most men members. Mrs Tombleson’s home is on a sheep run 50 miles out of Gisborne and she often commutes between it and the National Party office in the city several times a week.
ALMOST HOME: Dog Team member Dalton Poppe with the fundraising dog.