Toko­roa com­mu­nity helps robbed pen­sion­ers

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

On De­cem­ber 17, my wife and I had an ab­so­lutely dis­as­trous day by be­ing ripped off, re­mov­ing a large part of our pen­sion at the Au­to­matic Teller Ma­chine at Noel Leem­ing’s in Leith Place.

My daugh­ters vented their spleen on Face Book and the Gen­uine Toko­roa Page.

My wife and I wish to thank all those won­der­ful peo­ple who gave us sup­port and the very kind peo­ple who of­fered us money, this was very gen­er­ous of you.

Please do not be of­fended by our re­fusal to ac­cept this gen­eros­ity.

My fam­ily make sure we are well looked af­ter there­fore we wish you to use that money for your own fam­i­lies at Christ­mas.

This sort of sup­port by the com­mu­nity shows what a mar­vel­lous sprit the Toko­roa com­mu­nity has. Once again Thank You all for your con­cern.

My wife and I wish you all the very best for Christ­mas and the com­ing new year.

H and J Lodge

At the time of writ­ing this we have been ex­tremely for­tu­nate, dur­ing this hol­i­day pe­riod, to have sur­vived sev­eral driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that were so very close to be­ing very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents. In all th­ese in­ci­dents driver stu­pid­ity was the only cause of what hap­pened and there are plenty of those types, peo­ple/driv­ers, who are still al­lowed out on the roads. We are all ca­pa­ble of mak­ing mis­takes and the faster we go the quicker those mis­takes re­solve into ac­ci­dents.

We here in Toko­roa have hazards enough on the roads that we drive on with­out the com­plete lack of un­der­stand­ing of the gov­ern­ing bod­ies that set the speed lim­its and the sig­nage that ad­vises the hun­dreds of thou­sands of trav­ellers pass­ing through our town.

On the South side of town on SH1 there are speed re­stric­tions far enough out of town that, if obeyed, should al­low for a safe pas­sage of ev­ery­one us­ing the road and busi­ness area. On the North end of the town the 60kmh speed limit very quickly be­comes 100kmh, and at that point the high­way is not even out of the sub­urbs of the town. East Park­dale St comes out on to SH1 where traf­fic is legally al­lowed to be trav­el­ling at 100kmh. This is ab­so­lutely in­sane and should not be al­lowed in any sub­urb.

Re­gard­less of what gov­ern­ment body gov­erns the speed lim­its on this stretch of high­way, I be­lieve our coun­cil should be pres­sur­ing such a body to put in place a more rea­son­able speed limit in this area of the high­way. It only re­quires the mov­ing of two signs,(to quote an of­ten used phrase th­ese days ‘‘How hard can it be?’’).

Let us, for just once, see com­mon sense take a step for­ward be­fore some­one dies need­lessly. J C Sim­cock

Toko­roa

Prior to this school there was noth­ing here.

There is a her­itage as­sess­ment and a covenant in place meant to pro­tect the site but since its clo­sure in 2009 (of­fi­cial clo­sure in April 2010) it has de­te­ri­o­rated a large amount.

The her­itage places trust puts a lot of em­pha­sis on the site be­cause of its de­sign fea­tures from around the war and recog­nises the school house as a very rare ex­am­ple.

I re­searched the site heav­ily and af­ter only four months had con­tacted pre­vi­ous own­ers.

How come it has taken al­most four years for the min­istry? The school is an in­te­gral part of our com­mu­nity and played the big­gest most in­flu­en­tial part of cre­at­ing the town we have here to­day.

This school was cre­ated and set up by a Can­ter­bury man and his as­so­ci­ated com­pany.

The town was later ex­panded by Sir David Henry .

The area prior to the school be­ing here was waste­land. Ev­ery­one’s tax­payer money has gone into this site while it has de­te­ri­o­rated.

The ar­ti­cle states that nei­ther land was gifted. How­ever it is stated in nu­mer­ous other ways that not only was the land gifted but half the orig­i­nal school build­ing.

And the orig­i­nal teacher was housed by the gift­ing com­pany. D Blair Toko­roa

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