PM holds key to I-SITE Gatehouse
Prime Minister John Key will play a key role tomorrow at Matamata’s party of the year.
Fresh from the red carpet at tonight’s Wellington premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Part 1, John Key will take centre stage on Matamata’s Broadway to cut the ribbon declaring the i-SITE Gatehouse open.
Matamata Public Relations Association manager Sue Whiting is understandably delighted that Mr Key is doing the honours.
Ms Whiting expects the town to come to a standstill for the event, to which residents have been invited.
‘‘The Gatehouse is really significant for Matamata,’’ Ms Whiting said.
‘‘Not only will the building be a traffic stopper, it will also be the first step for many on their own exciting journey to Hobbiton.’’
The Gatehouse opening is expected to attract national media attention, and part of Broadway is to be closed to traffic from early afternoon so residents can celebrate in a party-like atmosphere.
‘‘We really do want the whole town to share in the celebration,’’ Ms Whiting said.
‘‘It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.’’