Laura returns ready to cover the news for you
Hi everyone. I am Laura McLeay and have recently taken up the role as journalist at the Matamata Chronicle.
After leaving Matamata in 2008, I thought I would never be back. But here I am, the new kid on the block and looking forward to every moment of it!
It is great to be back in Matamata – the people here are so incredibly friendly and I can’t wait to get out in the community.
I am especially looking forward to The Hobbit coming to town.
I will admit, somewhat embarrassingly, that I applied to be an actor in the Hobbit.
When auditions came to Matamata a few friends and I lined up with hundreds of others for a shot at doing something out of the ordinary – with a secret thought that maybe, just maybe, we might become famous.
Turns out I don’t look like a hobbit as I never made the cut. Not to worry, I have the next best thing going – being right there in the action, writing about it. It is going to be fantastic!
I am a Matamata girl, born and bred, growing up in gumboots on a dairy farm just south of here and later attending Matamata College.
In 2008 I headed to the big lights of Hamilton to complete a Bachelor of Media Arts in Communication along with a National Diploma in Journalism at Waikato Institute of Technology, finishing up in November 2010.
The past few summer months have been spent working at the Bay News in Tauranga, which has only furthered my passion for the written word.
So here I am – ready to get straight into it, looking forward to becoming a local once again and bringing the news to your mailbox.
See you around.