Pohlen support overwhelms
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.