2013 IN RE­VIEW

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DE­CEM­BER

Gen­eros­ity from Toko­roa res­i­dents put food in the mouths of more than 1000 Filipino fam­i­lies who sur­vived the treach­er­ous typhoon Yolanda.

Jenny Shaw was wor­ried sick about how her fam­ily in the dis­as­ter- stricken coun­try had fared.

‘‘For­tu­nately their house is of con­crete con­struc­tion but neigh­bours and many oth­ers weren’t so for­tu­nate.’’

Jenny’s brother Gerry Ni­cav­era asked her if she was able to as­sist, as peo­ple were liv­ing with­out food and wa­ter.

‘‘ My New Zealand fam­ily wanted to as­sist, in help­ing to pro­vide relief to th­ese peo­ple, and they made quite a sub­stan­tial dona­tion, which helped to buy rice, noo­dles, wa­ter.

Their gen­eros­ity made me want to do more for the peo­ple of Tib­iao where my brother and par­ents live, so in con­junc­tion with a work col­league, Glenda Whare, we de­cided that we would set about fund rais­ing.

The sup­port they re­ceived was phe­nom­e­nal. The two raf­fles net­ted $1914.60, which con­verts to $65,683.49 Philip­pine peso.

The 41 sacks of rice pur­chased fed 1025 fam­i­lies for one day.

NOVEM­BER

Carol Mor­ris’ ded­i­ca­tion to her stu­dents stands out a mile away.

The Cargill Open Plan teacher has been se­lected, from hun­dreds of nom­i­nees na­tion­wide, as one of 15 win­ners in the 2013 Of­ficeMax A Day Made Bet­ter pro­gramme.

The pas­sion­ate teacher re­ceived the ac­co­lade dur­ing a sur­prise visit from Of­ficeMax work­ers to the school.

‘‘They reckon I was very, very speech­less.’’

The mother of two, home­schooled her­self through her teach­ing de­gree be­tween 2001 and 2003.

The hair­dresser by trade said it had al­ways been a dream to be a teacher but hav­ing her own chil­dren rekin­dled that de­sire.

Prin­ci­pal Rhonda Rayner said there is not a more de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent. Mrs Mor­ris re­ceived $1000 worth of sta­tionery and of­fice sup­plies which she is al­ready hand­ing out to her col­leagues.

OC­TO­BER

Neil Sin­clair has once again man­aged to win the hearts of South Waikato vot­ers.

The 74-year-old Pu­taruru man has en­tered his fourth term as mayor of the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil af­ter a con­vinc­ing win at the polls.

Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults show 2807 res­i­dents wanted him in the top seat. Tracey Deane got 1956 votes in the poll.

Con­tenders Ann Hill and Cac­tus Bob Ni­cholas fell way be­hind with 485 and 370 votes re­spec­tively.

Mr Sin­clair, who joined lo­cal gov­ern­ment in 1970, ad­mit­ted it ‘‘wasn’t a pleas­ant race’’.

‘‘But it’s over now and I’m look­ing for­ward.’’

With the power to ap­point his own deputy, Mr Sin­clair in­di­cated he once again wants Jenny Shat­tock.

SEPTEM­BER

More than 400 young per­form­ers took to the stage of the Pu­taruru Plaza for the an­nual South Waikato Cul­tureFest.

The non-com­pet­i­tive fes­ti­val, which has been run­ning for about 30 years, show­cases the tal­ents of pupils from pri­mary through to in­ter­me­di­ate school right across the dis­trict.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Jarred Boon said the venue was packed with an es­ti­mated 1200 peo­ple stop­ping in through­out the day.

The sup­port­ers were un­der­stand­ing of the ca­pac­ity re­straints of the venue, he said.

‘‘I know par­ents would like to stay a lot longer and watch more schools but par­ents are very con­sid­er­ate and leave af­ter one or two per­for­mances.’’

Hold­ing the fes­ti­val in Toko­roa’s new Sports and Events Cen­tre is off the cards for the fore­see­able fu­ture as be­cause it is ‘‘too ex­pen­sive’’, Mr Boon said.

‘‘This year around one third of the schools per­form­ing were out- side of Toko­roa so that just makes sense.’’

He says ul­ti­mately they want to host a morn­ing-day show to show­case the chil­dren and put on an evening show for the chil­dren.

‘‘Our com­mit­tee is al­ways look­ing for keen sup­port­ers of the event to help ful­fil our vi­sion.’’

AU­GUST

They came, they played and they con­quered. The Toko­roa Pa­cific Sharks league team were too strong for the Pikiao War­riors, win­ning the pres­ti­gious Bay Of Plenty Cham­pi­onship 30-26 at Ro­torua’s Puketawhero league grounds.

The beat­ing of the Pa­cific Is­land drums, sup­port­ers dressed in blue, home­made signs spurring the Sharks on, one could eas­ily be mis­taken to think the Ro­torua grounds were the Sharks’ turf.

Com­ing up against a strong Pikiao side who were the top qual­i­fiers go­ing into the semi­fi­nals, the Sharks won that match 20-14.

Pa­cific Sharks coach Pan­iora Daniels, who has led the team to nu­mer­ous cham­pi­onship wins, said the semi­fi­nals didn’t mean a guar­an­teed win on fi­nals day.

‘‘Win­ning the semi didn’t mean we were go­ing to win, we played Pikiao ear­lier in the sea­son and lost. So the fi­nal was any­one’s game.’’

The half­time score saw Pa­cific lead­ing by four points 18-14, with the full­time whis­tle blow­ing and Sharks win­ning 30-26.

JULY

On the heels of her World Cup sevens vic­tory Honey Hireme is now chas­ing rugby league World Cup glory.

While her rugby team-mates headed home yes­ter­day, Hireme made her way to Eng­land for the fourth women’s league tour­na­ment in Leeds.

Hireme, 31, cap­tains the Kiwi Ferns, who will de­fend their ti­tle against Eng­land, Aus­tralia, France, Rus­sia, Samoa and Tonga.

Hireme scored four tries in help­ing New Zealand win their first rugby sevens ti­tle.

‘‘Feels re­ally great to have won the world cup,’’ she said from Moscow.

‘‘We were very ac­cu­rate in our set piece and treated ev­ery game like it was the fi­nal. We just had that buzz from game one right through to the fi­nals.

‘‘ Our de­fence was a big weapon and that’s what won us the world cup.’’

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Honey Hireme

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