Pohlen sup­port over­whelms

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Per­son­al­i­ties were vic­to­ri­ous over the politi­cians at the de­bate and auc­tion evening on Fri­day night – but the real win­ner was Pohlen Hospi­tal.

Close to $17,000 was raised at the event or­gan­ised and run by the Dal­tons Daisies, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the New Wing Project at the hospi­tal.

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust sec­re­tary Ju­dith Chal­lis said they were once again blown away by the sup­port for Pohlen.

The moot up for de­bate was: ‘‘If you don’t have any­thing nice to say, don’t say any­thing at all.’’

The team ar­gu­ing against – Mata­mata Col­lege teacher An­drew Kil­ham, for­mer teacher Richard Prevett and Mata­mata Chron­i­cle ed­i­tor Ka­t­rina Lintonbon – were the ob­vi­ous win­ners, with a well-planned ar­gu­ment.

Politi­cians Lind­say Tisch, Ju­dith Collins and Mau­rice Wil­liamson were more reliant on hu­mour and did not quite con- vince the au­di­ence.

The auc­tion in­cluded a Cru­saders train­ing jersey do­nated by Tom Tay­lor, a Chiefs jersey, a fish­ing trip pro­vided by J Swap Con­trac­tors, a round of golf with Scott Styris and a Dan Carter quilt pro­vided by the Mata­mata Quil­ters and Patch­work Group.

Win­ners: Mata­mata per­son­al­i­ties Richard Prevett, Ka­t­rina Lintonbon and An­drew Kil­ham won the de­bate hands down.

Sec­ond best: Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment turned the charm on for the au­di­ence.

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