Laura re­turns ready to cover the news for you

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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.

Milly Keys

Laura McLeay

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