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The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Of­fice tidy-ups can re­sult in sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tions. How about a bound edi­tion of The Tri­bune from 1971. 45 years ago, ‘‘The Best For Lo­cal News’’ weekly was a broad­sheet Sun­day pa­per with a cir­cu­la­tion 0f 19,300 based at 145-147 Ran­gi­tikei St, about where the Paint & Pa­per Su­per­store is now.

1971 was Palmer­ston North’s cen­ten­nial year.

The front page of the April 11, Easter Sun­day is­sue de­scribed the state of the city’s ‘‘bridal gown’’ (aka The Square), its up­grade not quite com­pleted by the March dead­line.

Among the un­fin­ished projects were the Evening Stan­dard flo­ral clock – there were de­lays in ship­ping the mech­a­nism from Eng­land, and com­ple­tion of The Square’s bus ter­mi­nal.

There are hag­gles over whether to put a four-laned Mil­son Line ‘‘across, around, un­der’’ or to dis­con­tinue the road at Richard­sons Line, for an ex­tended air­port run­way. Plans for a new air­port ter­mi­nal were also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

Blood Bank re­cep­tion­ist, 23-year-old, 5ft 2in (lin­eal met­ric mea­sure wasn’t in place un­til the end of 1972) Diane Ed­wards was Tri­bune ‘Girl of the Week’ (where is she now?)

Inside an­nounced the fi­nal of The Song For Palmer­ston North com­pe­ti­tion with ra­dio sta­tion 2ZA at the Cen­ten­nial Pav­il­ion; The Massey Cap­ping Re­vue Un­der the Bed was re­viewed, and mayor Des Black was op­pos­ing the use of 1080 poi­son.

In an Easter con­tri­bu­tion, reg­u­lar colum­nist ‘Cicero’ de­lib­er­ated about the prophets Je­sus of Nazareth, and New Zealand’s ‘‘sec­ond-most-writ­ten­about man’’ (af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Rob Mul­doon), poet James K Bax­ter.

In the reg­u­lar ‘Nel­son’s Col­umn’, there were what can only be in­ter­preted as an­tiViet­nam War rum­blings. Bruce Watt’s Pho­tog­ra­phy is Fun waxed elo­quent about the new Mi­randa Sen­so­mat RE cam­era.

At the Iza­dium, the late Steve Rikard was tag teamed with fel­low pro wrestler Jock Rud­dock, while at the South­ern Cross the en­ter­tainer was Mike Dur­ney .

A reg­u­lar comic strip was Syd­ney Jor­dan’s sci-fi Jeff Hawke se­ries with an episode of #57, Time Is Out of Joint.

Ad­ver­tised new cars were the MkIII Ford Cortina and the Tri­umph Spit­fire, while a new ‘Miss Sim­plic­ity’ wringer wash­ing ma­chine was $159 cash or $24 de­posit and $1.52 a week at Ber­ry­mans On Broad­way, where Ber­ry­mans Lane met Broad­way. The premises now houses Yeda.


This 1971 pic­ture of The Square with the Arthur Hop­wood clock­tower and sound-shell vis­i­ble through the fo­liage. The Square had been par­tially re­fur­bished for the city’s cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions, marked with a num­ber of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Jenny McLeod’s spe­cially com­mis­sioned Un­der the Sun and a pa­rade of floats.

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