In Brief / He Whakara¯ popo­totanga

End of an era for Toko­roa sta­tion Food for thought

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

De­con­struc­tion on the Toko­roa Z sta­tion and is set to be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber. Z is re­mov­ing all the Z sig­nage, in­ter­nal shop fit­tings re­lated to Z op­er­a­tions and all the equip­ment re­lated to the fuel stor­age and dis­pens­ing sys­tem. This in­volves break­ing out the con­crete over the top of the tanks and lifting the tanks out. Re­search on his­tor­i­cal tanks also took place to make sure they had been re­moved. An in­de­pen­dent en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant has been tak­ing soil sam­ples from the tank pits to con­firm it is en­vi­ron­men­tally safe be­fore the han­dover to the land­lord. A win­ning $75,000 scratchy fell into de­serv­ing hands on Au­gust 23. Pan­iora Daniels has spent thou­sands of hours in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing Toko­roa res­i­dents through a fit­ness crew he cre­ated called Lim­it­less. That phrase took on a whole new mean­ing for the in­struc­tor who couldn’t be­lieve his luck when he scratched 10 win­ning words. Luck has come full cir­cle for Daniels who has in­vested time and en­ergy in bet­ter­ing lives of those around him. A new chal­lenge has hit Toko­roa and this time you will not have to freeze for it. Julie King has made it her mis­sion to bring the $10 food chal­lenge to the dis­trict. The chal­lenge in­volves buy­ing as much gro­ceries as you can for one of those blue notes. What­ever you buy is do­nated to a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion or the home­less. King hopes to in­volve as many peo­ple as she can and do­nate the food to the Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Food Bank. ‘‘They are al­ways in need of food,’’ she said. Those who ar­rive to the su­per­mar­ket for their an­nual shop can breathe a lit­tle eas­ier as food prices drop. Statis­tics New Zealand re­ported a 0.7 per cent fall in July. Prices man­ager Chris Pike said the prices dropped on many items. ‘‘There were lower prices for meat in July as well as cheaper gro­cery food, fruit, and vegetables,’’ he said. The meat, poul­try, and fish prices dropped by a con­vinc­ing 2.2 per­cent. How­ever Statis­tics New Zealand re­ported a rise in the price of bread.

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