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 Pu­taruru Ho­tel’s rob­bery, Toko­roa farm­ers re­cruit­ing from over­seas and a teenage ball deemed a suc­cess.

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10 years ago Ho­tel robbed at gun­point Novem­ber 5, 2003 The man­ager of Pu­taruru Ho­tel had a pis­tol held to his head when four bal­a­clava-clad men held up the ho­tel on Thurs­day night.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Greg Standen of Toko­roa said the four men broke into the ho­tel and threat­ened the 58-yearold man­ager who had come down­stairs to in­ves­ti­gate noises in the of­fice just af­ter 11pm.

The men dragged the man­ager into a toi­let cu­bi­cle and beat him about the head and face, de­mand­ing the keys to the safe.

The of­fend­ers were dis­turbed by peo­ple com­ing from the pub­lic bar to in­ves­ti­gate, and left with­out tak­ing any money in a ma­roon Subaru that has since been re­cov­ered in Paeroa.

Mr Standen said the man­ager re­ceived cuts and scratches to his face and was kept in Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion overnight.

He said the rob­bery may be linked to a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent at the ho­tel on June 20.

25 years ago Farms re­cruit over­seas

Jan­uary 19, 1988 South Waikato farm­ers are re­cruit­ing over­seas work­ers be­cause they can’t find suit­able labour in New Zealand.

At least five farm­ers in the Toko­roa area have em­ploy­ees re­cruited from Eng­land, hav­ing had no re­sponse to ad­ver­tise­ments with the Labour Depart­ment, in lo­cal news­pa­pers and at agri­cul­tural col­leges.

Robyn McLen­nan who, with her hus­band, Bruce, farms two units on 114 hectares with 370 cows at Soldiers Rd, em­ploy­ing one of the English work­ers, be­lieves the lack of lo­cal ap­pli­ca­tions for jobs in the in­dus­try is partly be­cause of the long hours in­volved.

‘‘Dairy farm­ing is hard work and they have to work at least three week­ends out of four,’’ she said.

‘‘And the pay scale looks very poor un­less you take the free board into con­sid­er­a­tion.’’

50 years ago Teenage ball a suc­cess

April 26, 1963 One hun­dred and twenty teenagers at­tended a teenage ball con­ducted last Satur­day as a joint func­tion by the Toko­roa RSA and the Women’s Sec­tion of the RSA.

Both or­gan­i­sa­tions were thrilled with the suc­cess of the new ven­ture.

It is in­tended to stage more evenings un­der the same ar­range­ments and the RSA ex­pects th­ese to be even bet­ter at­tended.

The ball was spon­sored as part of the at­tempt by the RSA to bridge the gap be­tween now and when the Youth Club is opened.

RE­CRUIT­MENT: Sue Barker, from Bri­tain, is in New Zealand for about a year work­ing on Er­rol Fuller’s dairy farm at Toko­roa, a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter spend­ing about four months farm­ing in France.

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