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 local residents not understanding council’s broadband proposal, Country and Western Club gears up for big occ
10 years ago Most people don’t understand council’s broadband proposal
November 19, 2003 In last week’s South Waikato News, a full-page South Waikato District Council advertisement asked for the public to indicate if they support the council investing more money into its high speed broadband internet wireless network.
The sums of money at stake are high – the advertisement outlines options of spending up to $1 million, $1.2m or nothing at all.
It also states that investing $1m in the project could mean money is not available for other projects, and could have a future impact on rates.
But how much do South Waikato ratepayers really know about broadband internet, and about council’s proposal?
Do they know enough to make an informed decision?
This week the South Waikato News took to the streets to find out, and the overwhelming majority of people spoken to knew very little, if anything, about the proposal.
The typical response was along the lines of ‘‘I don’t know anything about it’’ or ‘‘I don’t know much about it’’.
Tokoroa woman Beverley Gascoyne said her knowledge of the broadband network was ‘‘ only what I’ve read in the paper, and I can’t make any sense out of it’’.
25 years ago Two days of country music returns
January 6, 1988 The Tokoroa Country and Western Club has returned to its old two-day festival format after holding a mini-festival last year.
Convenor Jillian Nichols said the festival would be held on January 30 and 31 – Auckland Anniversary Weekend – a month earlier than usual for the previous seven big festivals.
‘‘We are hoping the weather will be better then,’’ she said. The festival has a history of being rained out. More than 20 clubs from throughout the North Island will be attending the festival.
Mrs Nichols said the festival would provide nonstop country music for the two days.
‘‘If the weather is good, everyone can have a very relaxing day sitting under beach umbrellas listening to the music,’’ she said.
Much of the music is supplied by members of the various clubs attending, although several guest artists, including Ken Lemmon, Celine Toner, a duet from Rotorua called Double H and a young up-and-coming singer from Auckland, Sharon Emmeralle.
50 years ago Ferris wheel spartan collects prizes
January 10, 1963 Spinning spartan, 21-year-old Trevor Hurst relinquished his Ferris wheel seat at 10.30pm last Saturday after spending 128 hours ‘‘in orbit’’ and almost certainly establishing a world record.
His five-day marathon ‘‘flight’’ on the Taupo Ferris wheel made him richer by £50 and gave him an Australasian reputation.
On top of the £50 prize, Trevor was also given a free ticket for a free ride on the Ferris wheel.