Lots on of­fer at Hin­uera mar­ket

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

There will be plenty of fresh pro­duce and Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity at the sec­ond Hin­uera Coun­try Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Satur­day.

Close to 60 stall­hold­ers will be sell­ing locally grown fruit, veg­eta­bles and flow­ers, as well as New Zealand-made crafts, col­lectibles and an­tiques.

Or­gan­iser Graeme Lee said he started the mar­ket to sup­port lo­cal en­ter­prises, most of which are sin­gle owner-op­er­ated.

‘‘When it comes down to community, we are all Ki­wis and we love the coun­try,’’ said Mr Lee.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be sup­port­ing lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture and help­ing those smaller grass roots en­ter­prises.’’

The mar­ket has also helped to re­vive Hin­uera Community Hall and Mr Lee hoped it would lead to fur­ther ren­o­va­tions of the his­toric build­ing.

‘‘At the first mar­ket there was one se­nior res­i­dent who was talk­ing about the lo­cal sol­diers marked on the war memo­rial there, who had fought and died for New Zealand.

‘‘The hall is an im­por­tant part of Hin­uera’s his­tory.’’

Mr Lee is fund­ing the start-up of the mar­ket and plans to hand it over to the Mata­mata community as a fundrais­ing as­set once it is es­tab­lished.

Pro­ceeds would be in­jected back into lo­cal schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions, he said.

Mar­kets will be held on the third and fourth Satur­day of each month at the Hin­uera Community Hall on State High­way 29.

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