FROM THE ARCHIVES
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 two senior samaritans recognised at national level, a fire ban in place following dry conditions and local gy
10 years ago National awards for senior samaritans November 12, 2003 Two South Waikato residents have been awarded regional Age Concern New Zealand Senior Achievers awards for their outstanding voluntary contributions to the community they live in.
Arthur Edmonds, of Putaruru, has been awarded a gold medal – one of only six awarded throughout New Zealand – and Joyce Nickalls, from Tokoroa, has been awarded a silver medal.
Mr Edmonds has been involved with different community projects for many years.
He has a great talent for organising committees and dealing with government departments, and was the cofounder of SeniorNet in Putaruru.
He is currently working on a local health initiative scheme.
Mrs Nickalls has been a pony club volunteer for the last 40 years regionally and locally.
She is a long-serving member of the Tokoroa Gardening Club and has been known to volunteer to prune roses for anyone with health problems.
She provides transport for people unable to attend church services and help to those less fortunate.
Mrs Nickalls has been known to arrive on people’s doorsteps with baking in times of need.
Mr Edmonds will be travelling down to Government House to receive his award next week.
25 years ago Fire ban in area February 4, 1988 Drought conditions in South Waikato have forced the placement of a fire ban in Tokoroa Rural Fire area.
And Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Graeme Pennell confirmed this morning that he had followed suit.
The fire ban, which affects all solid fuel fires except some barbecues, comes in the wake of a drought which has lasted since Boxing Day last year.
Since then there has been just one plus 10mm fall – on the second day of the new year.
Rural fire chief Brian Eley told the News this morning that it would require a 15mm fall of rain before the present ban could be reviewed.
The ban doesn’t extend to barbecues at the NZFP recreation zones at Ohakuri and Whakamaru – the only two still open to the public in the area.
50 years ago Gymnasts without
headquarters February 28, 1963 The Tokoroa Gymnasium Club is another group that has been refused use of the Memorial Hall this year.
Until the youth club, to which it is affiliated, is finished, the gymnasts will not be properly functional.
In the winter of 1961, 30 children aged between 7 and 12 years old and approximately 12 high school boys took part in the club activities.
BANNED: John Warena, forest patrolman with New Zealand Forest Products, will be busy this week erecting forest closure signs around the district as a result of the dryness in the forest and the extreme fire danger at the moment.