Youth worker bids SW farewell
It will come as a shock to many but after almost 12 years as the Tokoroa Blue Light coordinator Kylie Tatham has left.
Tatham said she will miss working with the youth of Tokoroa but said it was time for a change.
‘‘I will definitely miss working with local youth and seeing local youth succeed as well,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve said to the schools that the kids you have here and that we have worked with are really talented and you can see the potential in them, that is what I’ve loved.’’
She said she has lost count of how many youths she has worked with but said she still recognises faces when she runs into them and they recognise her.
‘‘Junior touch was one event we ran and you could have anywhere between 300 to 400 and the CACTUS programme we ran for three years had 50 kids a year,’’ she said.
‘‘It is a really cool feeling when I am in town and kids still greet me and still have respect. They all know me.’’
‘‘Working with the kids here has been a privilege and I’ve definitely seen positive changes.’’
One of those positive changes has been a drastic drop in truancy.
‘‘We were sitting on 90 per cent truancy and that dropped down to 20 per cent so that is a really good thing,’’ she said.
‘‘Youth are my passion and I wish the youth of Tokoroa all the best.’’ As Tatham’s moto says ‘‘I don’t stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done’’ it’s not the end of her youth work. She has now taken up a position at the Youth Residence in Rotorua.
‘‘I have done nothing but youth work. It is all about the kids,’’ she said.
‘‘Kids, they have a lot of potential and I see a lot of good in them and I think that is what it is that keeps me going.’’
‘‘If I can put some good into a child’s life and make them smile while working with them through programmes then that’s what it is all about. Giving kids in my community a sense of happiness and the knowledge that they can and will succeed in anything they set their minds to is what I am all about.’’
‘‘It can be a thankless task but one thing I do know is the kids are always thankful,’’ she said. Alcohol It was Crate Day on Saturday and we were quite busy with a huge number of jobs with most of these being alcohol related.
People need to use common sense around the consumption of alcohol and engage the brain before anything else.
Bear in mind that one stupid decision can have an impact for a long time.
An offence can now stop you from going overseas and if you punch someone and they end up dieing you could spend 10 years of your life in prison. Burglaries We had four burglaries in town, most of which resulted from insecure property.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson CORRECTION A Ki o Rahi battle photo in the the South Waikato News last week was incorrectly labelled and should have been Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa O Patetere which won the year 7/8 grade.
‘‘I will definitely miss working with local youth and seeing local youth succeed.’’ Kylie Tatham
Tokoroa Blue Light coordinator Kylie Tatham is moving on after almost 12 years.