Graf­fiti ‘makes town look ter­ri­ble’

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

On Oc­to­ber 3, the Chron­i­cle re­ported on a spate of tag­ging in Wa­haroa, and in par­tic­u­lar the town hall.

Wa­haroa’s town hall was sold into pri­vate own­er­ship by the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil more than 15 years ago.

It is no longer avail­able for the community to use and has be­come a tar­get for tag­gers.

When the Chron­i­cle con­tacted the own­ers they de­clined to com­ment.

We asked res­i­dents on Face­book what they would like to see hap­pen to the hall. These were the re­sponses: hall, that would look re­ally nice.

– The hall is pri­vately owned ... so re­ally it is up to the own­ers to do some­thing about the re­paint­ing. The community has not had use of the hall or been al­lowed use of the hall for more than 15 years.

– I think if put back into the

it was community’s hands it won’t be look­ing like that.

Mata­mata Chron­i­cle – Do you think the hall would be used by the community if they were given the chance?

– Yes, the community has asked to use the hall but [ the own­ers] don’t let the community use it. It’s pri­vately owned but it would be awe- some if the community could use it for a gym. A lot of the kids in the community are into sports and hav­ing a gym for them would be a pos­i­tive thing for them.

– The community has al­ways wanted to use the hall for var­i­ous events over the years since it went into pri­vate hands. Even prior to the sale, the hall was al­ways hired by the community for events and community group gath­er­ings. The hall was ac­tu­ally the hub of Wa­haroa back in the days. We use to have a youth cen­tre there, which had pool tables, ta­ble tennis, spa­cie ma­chines and youth coun­cil­lors. Plus, a whole lot of sport­ing events, marae fundrais­ers and community fundrais­ers. Then it was sold by the coun­cil.

– Give the youth a place were they can go to tag and ex­press them­selves, it’s been done in other towns.

– There’s a man at Wal­ton who runs a box­ing gym. He teaches youth and older peo­ple about box­ing. He taught my boy how im­por­tant it is to look af­ter your body – no smok­ing, drink­ing or drugs keep your body healthy and fit. He’s a pos­i­tive role model for youth . . . It was awe­some for my son, he loved it and so did many other young peo­ple. If he was set up closer for the youth it would be great.

Some com­ments have been edited for spell­ing, gram­mar and length.

No change: Al­most two months later, the tag­ging has not been painted over and tag­gers have hit again.

Tar­geted: A photo taken af­ter a spate of tag­ging in Septem­ber.

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