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The class of '58
Catch-up: Partners and friends joined ex-pupils of Taihape District High School, who were in the third form (Year 9)
in 1958, gathered for an ''unofficial'' reunion in Taihape over Waitangi Weekend.
By TERRY KARATAU
It was a great weekend catching
up with old friends and renewing
acquaintances at Taihape District
High School's Class of '58 reunion.
The convivial group had a great
time wherever they went.Thanks
to the organisers Dawn Tomlinson
and Denis Robertson, they had
time to take a look around and see
just how Taihape had changed
over the years.
Although most had been ''home''
periodically, some noticed a stark
contrast to how they remembered
things were in the late fifties and
Fran and Denis Robertson
hosted the revellers on the Friday
night at their house and on
Saturday evening the Class of '58
and partners had dinner at Cafe
Le Telephonique which they all
remembered as being the tele-
Those who were able to stay on
were taken by coach to River Val-
ley for Sunday lunch and enter-
tainment by Brian and Robyn Sage
and the local group Just By
By TERRY KARATAU
In doubt: McMahon Clinic was opened
on March 17, 1998.
Residents of Waiouru who currently
access primary health care services
at McMahon Clinic are concerned
they may be losing the service.
The NZ Army called a public
meeting in Waiouru last Wednesday
with patients and civilian
employees to discuss the possible
impacts that any Defence Force-
driven change to the Waiouru com-
munity will have on the provision of
primary health care services
through the McMahon Clinic.
A statement by Army spokes-
person Col Evan Williams says, ''At
this stage, no decision has yet been
made about the future of the clinic.
Patients and civilian employees will
be informed of any proposals before
a final decision is made.''
Whanganui Regional Primary
Health Organisation (WRPHO)
chief executive Judith MacDonald
attended the meeting.
She reinforces Col Williams state-
ment saying no decision has been
''There was a certain level of
alarm and quite rightly so. How-
ever, the meeting was well attended
with very good discussion on options
that could be looked at.
''The McMahon Clinic is a mem-
ber practice. If and when a decision
is made, we want to be involved.''
Col Williams said the feedback
received at the meeting will be used
by the Defence Force and the
WRPHO to develop proposals for
the provision of primary health care
that will be considered in line with
changes to the community as a
Gumboot Day shaping up to
be brighter than ever
By TERRY KARATAU
The Taihape Community Develop-
ment Trust's manager Elizabeth
Mortland has delivered on her
promise to make Gumboot Day 2012
the biggest and best ever.
''Whilst the gumboot-throwing
competition is the main event there
will be so much more going on.
There will be action all day long,''
Taihape New World is the
Gumboot Day's major sponsor and
will give away thousands of dollars
in shopping vouchers.
Thirty or more camper vans will
be parked on Field 3 (the hockey
grounds) as the Whanganui branch
of the New Zealand Motor Caravan
Association bring at least 60 people,
complete with their mobile homes,
to enjoy Taihape's iconic day.
There is also a group coming from
Masterton and another from
Taihape Rotary Club, who oper-
ate the throwing competitions, have
secured a new sponsor, Shoof Inter-
national, who produce and market
Bekina Boots. The event is now
called Bekina Gumboot Throwing
Something new will be Baa
Blacks Sheep Racing. It is a novelty
fundraising event for all the clubs
who wish to be involved.
Field 2 will be converted into a
race track for round two of the New
Zealand National Lawnmower
racing series. Up to 30 mowers will
This is a great new sport which is
just like driving a racing car -- only
cheaper. Ride-on mowers are
converted into racing machines
which whiz around the tracks with
comparably fast speeds and plenty
Great fun for the drivers and the
For the children there will be
inflatable mini hot rods, water
walkers, bouncy house, a merry go-
round, and the bungy tramp.
The Taihape Gymnastics Club
will give displays during the day.
Some of the competitions need a
few weeks of preparation so the
advice is to start now.
Decorate a real gumboot with a
theme of either music, recyclable or
black/white. Decorate a paper A3
gumboot. Wearable Art themes are
recyclable, black/white, and
headwear (age categories 0 to 4
years, 5 to 12 years, 13-plus years).
The home brew competition will
attract a $5 entry fee as will the
Eateries Bake Off challenge.
Dog barking competitions will
again make themselves heard.
There are great prizes lined up for
all of the competitions.
Food and craft stalls will sur-
round the grounds and next to the
grandstand will be ''Gumboot Inn'' a
mecca for refreshments and a quick
❚ Taihape New World Gumboot Day
2012 will be at Memorial Park. The
gates open at 10am and the day
ends at 4pm.
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