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

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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.

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