Fifty years ago

Former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia takes readers on a trip through the pages of the past.
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Former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia takes readers on a trip through the pages of the past.

For their part in the rescue of a man from Paritutu rock at New Plymouth in the previous July, Constable R V Petrowski and Mr V S Rhodes, both of New Plymouth, were awarded bronze medals by the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand.

A sixteen-year-old from Stratford, Nanette Collison, scooped the pool at the Thistle Society of Taranaki's national dancing championships at New Plymouth when she won the New Zealand reel under 16, the North Is under 16 highland fling title and the Taranaki provincial sword dance event as well as gaining a number of special trophies.

Two New Plymouth men, Messrs John Driver (23) and Lloyd George (30), were safe and well in Kaitaia after Mr Driver's 23-foot keeler Solitaire rolled over twice after striking sandbanks in big breakers off Ninety Mile Beach in pitch darkness, the keeler later being salvaged.

For the first time in the history of the 317-year-old De La Salle religious teaching order, New Zealand provided the venue for a ceremony at which two members of the order, Brothers Basil Keller and Stephen Leatherland, made their final professions, the location being Francis Douglas Memorial College at New Plymouth.

About 100 Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society members attended a week-long camp at Dawson Falls on Mt Egmont, the Taranaki branch chairman, Mr A F Barwell, saying activities would include tramping and lectures.

At a time when there was a drive to produce more cheese, the Taranaki industry was facing an acute shortage of experienced labour, the chairman of the Taranaki Dairy Farming and Industrial Employers' Union, Mr K D Macartney, said.

The only New Plymouth representative at the national youth and adventure leadership course at  Trentham was Mr A J Bromley, a boys' brigade officer.

Riding on the opening night of the New Plymouth Cycling and Athletic League's 1967 season, G Knuckey won both the two and three-mile events.

One of New Zealand's top woman gymnasts and a former national champion, Miss Pauline Gardiner, was appointed to a teaching position at Ramanui school, Hawera.

Movies: Paradise-Hawaiian Style (Mayfair), Elvis Presley; The Sergeant Was A Lady (New Plymouth Opera House), Martin West, Venetta Stevenson and Bill Williams; Boeing Boeing (Stratford Plaza), Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis; Blindfold (Opunake Everybody's), Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale.

The first aerial search for oil ever undertaken off the Taranaki coast began after the arrival at New Plymouth of a specially-equipped Aero Commander aircraft.

Taranaki had an all-weather air ambulance for the first time after the Civil Aviation Department certified a Rural Aviation Cessna Skylane, a spokesman for the company, Mr E  Hamilton, saying it was the first single-engine aircraft to be licensed for air ambulance work in New Zealand.

Spotting a three-foot sand shark in a large tidal pool at Bell Block Beach, New Plymouth, a local resident, 12-year-old Jonathan Hall, leapt in and caught the shark with his bare hands.

After collapsing during a North Is tour and being admitted to the New Plymouth hospital, Auckland pop singer Miss Sandy Edmondes was discharged and taken home to Auckland by her father for further rest.

A new Taranaki walking champion was found at the Taranaki road walking championships at Stratford when T Rayner of Hawera covered the 12 and a half mile distance in  1hr 50m 27s.

35 Years Ago: Youth telephone counselling service mooted for Hawera; hundreds of fish die in lower reaches of Waiwakaiho River at New Plymouth; Mrs I Wong appointed principal nurse at Opunake maternity hospital; record 298 teams enter Taranaki open fours bowls tournament.

25 Years Ago: Felicity Nairn (17) wins Miss Opunake Beach resorts contest; Stratford's Barry Podjurski wins New Zealand stock car title at Palmerston North; New Plymouth enterprise facilitator service creates more than 150 new businesses; Taranaki jobless total tops 7500.

 - Stuff

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