Ball or­gan­ised for young peo­ple

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata youth have or­gan­ised a mas­quer­ade ball for young peo­ple across Mata­mata and Pi­ako.

The fire-and-ice themed ball will be held at To­tara Springs Chris­tian Camp on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15.

Starfish man­ager Jo McNaughton said any­one aged 15 to 18 was able to buy tick­ets – they did not have to at­tend col­lege.

‘‘We wanted ev­ery­one to have the op­por­tu­nity to go,’’ she said.

The event would al­low young peo­ple from Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha to come to­gether in a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, said Ms McNaughton.

‘‘ We asked youth what they wanted and they said there was not enough for them to do col­lab­o­ra­tively so we made sure each of the towns could be in­volved.’’

Two buses will be run­ning from each town to trans­port peo­ple to and from the ball and no al­co­hol or drugs will be al­lowed.

The ball is one of three youth­driven events to be held in the dis­trict.

Mor­rinsville youth are plan­ning a Top Town event and Te Aroha youth are or­gan­is­ing YES Fac­tor, a tal­ent show based on TV show the X Fac­tor.

Each town was given $ 5000 to­wards the events by the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment.

Tick­ets in Mata­mata will be sold at the col­lege and Starfish So­cial Ser­vices on Firth St.

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