Ball organised for young people
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.