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.
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.