Z boosts char­i­ties

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Ev­ery time you pur­chased fuel from Mata­mata’s Z petrol sta­tion over the past month, you would have been given a to­ken to put in the box that rep­re­sented your favourite lo­cal char­ity.

The weight of to­kens in each box de­ter­mined how much each char­ity was given out of the $ 5000 that Z do­nated to the com­mu­nity.

The Mata­mata Fire Brigade proved to be the most pop­u­lar and was given $1750, closely fol­lowed by St John with $1700.

Pohlen Hospi­tal was do­nated $850 and the Com­mu­nity Health Shut­tle was given $800.

Z spokesman Sel­wyn Cook said they had talked to cus­tomers and found these four char­i­ties were very highly re­garded in the com­mu­nity so this was a way to give some­thing back.

‘‘Z is a New Zealand com­pany and all the money we make is put into the New Zealand econ­omy so as part of that we want to sup­port the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Gra­ham Mo­tion from

St John was thrilled with the money and said it would be well spent on a new chair for their study com­puter and vol­un­teer ameni­ties. An­ton Turner from Pohlen Hospi­tal said their por­tion would be go­ing to­wards their new wing project and Brian Hunter from the Mata­mata Fire Brigade said they were con­sid­er­ing putting the ex­tra money to­wards a spe­cial light fit­ting for their hel­mets. Mata­mata peo­ple who bought a ‘‘lo­cals ticket’’ to Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours do not have to wait much longer to see the pic­turesque set.

A new tour date has been fi­nalised for Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, af­ter the De­cem­ber tours were can­celled due to heavy rain.

More than 1400 Mata­mata peo­ple booked tick­ets which cost just $10 each and in­clude a free life­time pass if they take a pay­ing friend or fam­ily mem­ber on the tour with them.

Kirsten Madill from Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours said there were still a small hand­ful of tick­ets left which could be pur­chased from Mata­mata i-site.

If any­one in the com­mu­nity misses out on a tour pass, they can still buy a life­time pass but will be un­able to go on Sun­day once those spa­ces have been filled.

‘‘This is def­i­nitely much big­ger than any lo­cals’ day we have had be­fore. We have over dou­ble the num­ber go­ing so we are re­ally stoked that the com­mu­nity has be­come ex­cited about it and are go­ing out,’’ Ms Madill said. It would be some­thing that peo­ple would re­ally en­joy, she said.

Those booked on a tour need to meet at Hob­biton on Buck­land Rd 15 min­utes prior to their de­par­ture time and al­low two hours for the tour.

For more de­tails please phone 888 1505.

Gen­eros­ity: Gra­ham Mo­tion, An­ton Turner and Brian Hunter were do­nated money from Z Petrol sta­tion staff. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Com­mu­nity Health Shut­tle was ab­sent.

laura.mcleay@wrcn.co.nz

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