Mas­quer­ade ball calls for helpers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KIM LAUB­SCHER

A youth-run mas­quer­ade ball com­ing soon to Mata­mata.

The fire- and ice-themed ball will be open to young peo­ple from the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict.

Jono Bay, youth co-or­di­na­tor for Starfish So­cial Ser­vices, has been work­ing with a team of youth lead­ers for the past cou­ple of months to or­gan­ise the ball.

“We want the community to be in­volved in plan­ning things for youth,” he said

A meet­ing will be held for any­one in the community who wants to help with the ball.

Youth lead­ers will run the meet­ing and most of the ar­range­ments will be up to them.

Mr Bay be­lieves giv­ing the kids the ma­jor­ity of the re­spon­si­bil­ity will give them the op­por­tu­nity to “step up” and use their skills.

“Adults are there to sup­port the kids,” he said.

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The ball will get $5000 fund­ing as part of the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil Youth Ac­tion Plan.

The coun­cil re­ceived $35,000 from the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment af­ter a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions with youth in the dis­trict.

Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha will also re­ceive $5000 to or­gan­ise an event in their town.

The events are aimed at bring­ing to­gether the young peo­ple of the dis­trict in a safe and fun en­vi­ron­ment.

Mr Bay said it would be great to see the dif­fer­ent towns in the Mata­mata- Pi­ako dis­trict do­ing ini­tia­tives like this to­gether.

“It’s bring­ing the community to­gether and pro­vid­ing some­thing for the kids,” he said.

The ball meet­ing is at 4pm at Starfish So­cial Ser­vices, 56 Firth St, Thurs­day, Au­gust 16.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee in­vites any­one want­ing to help to join them.

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