50 years ago
❚ Despite fire destroying a former hanger at the old New Plymouth airport being used to wrap pipes for the Kapuni pipeline, it was not anticipated that the pipeline
project would be delayed as there was a stockpile of 500,000 feet of wrapped pipes, enough for 50 days of laying.
❚ When a van carrying 14 members of a Stratford girls’ marching team back to their home town from New Plymouth was involved in a headon crash, Ivy Gladys Gillum, 10, Deborah Edney, 8, Karen Marie Young, 9, and Sherylyn Ann Taylor were admitted to the New Plymouth hospital with injuries where their condition was described as satisfactory.
❚ Since the inception of planned giving in St Joseph’s Catholic Parish, New Plymouth, in 1962, $230,000 had been raised, the parish administrator, Father H F Doogan, told 850 people attending a parish dinner in the gymnasium at the Francis Douglas Memorial College.
❚ Between 20,000 and 30,000 people
lined the streets of New Plymouth to watch 27 floats take part in the Christmas parade organised by the New Plymouth Lions’ Club.
❚ A Ra¯ ta¯ piko schoolteacher, Miss Jill Corbett, 19, was the winner of the Stratford section of the New Zealand Pastoral Queen contest with Miss Thea Imlah of Manaia second and Miss Lynne Jamison of Tariki third.
❚ Regret that there was no teachers’ training college in Taranaki was expressed by the senior inspector of schools for the province, Mrrw J Martin, speaking at the annual graduation ceremony for teachers organised by the Taranaki Education Board and held in the assembly hall at the Highlands intermediate school, New Plymouth.
❚ Movies: Finders Keepers(Waitara Royal), Cliff Richard and The
Shadows; Something Of Value (State), Sidney Poitier and Rock Hudson; Is Paris Burning? (Hawera Regent), Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, George Chakaris and Glenn Ford; The Girl And The General (Opunake Everybody’s), Rod Steiger and Virna Lisi.
❚ Two members of the Welbourn, New Plymouth, Scout group, Ian Holyoake and Ian Pritchard, were awarded the highest badges possible for Scouts under 15 years, the Chief Scout Award.
❚ When 25 cars became stranded late at night by flood waters covering about two miles of the main highway at Urutı¯, the Ministry of Works decided to close the New Plymouth-Te Kuiti highway as heavy rain saturated North Taranaki.
❚ A new bore put down to supplement the existing one at the
Urenui Domain was producing ‘‘good, pure water’’, the Clifton County engineer, Mr A S Hunter, reported, adding that water from the old and new bores was being pumped at 800 gallons an hour.
❚ Two New Plymouth headmasters were appointed inspectors with Mr H H Jackson, 43, from the West End school staying with the Taranaki Education Board while Mr F C Sanders, 46, of the Merrilands school was to be attached to the Auckland Education Board.
❚ A Central Taranaki Country Girls’ Clubs’ district committee was formed at a meeting in Stratford where Mrs June Lees was elected chairman.
❚ The Governor-General, Sir Arthur Porritt, and Lady Porritt, paid their first visit to New Plymouth where Sir Arthur’s first official North Taranaki
engagement was attending the St Mary’s Anglican Parish 125th anniversary service following a number of engagements in South Taranaki.
35 Years Ago: Fire guts threestorey former Newton King Ltd produce store in Currie St, New Plymouth; New Zealand’s first export shipment of chemical methanol leaves Port Taranaki; New Plymouth waitress Toni Adams (21) becomes North Is power lifting champion; ‘‘Topping off’’ ceremony held at Patea hydro dam site.
25 Years Ago: R H White and Co celebrates 100 years as Stratford drapers; large-scale asparagus thefts in Ha¯ wera area; Taranaki Federated Farmers’ membership drops to 1850 from 2800 peak; Pa¯ tea Kindergarten silver jubilee.