PM holds key to I-SITE Gate­house

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By SAN­DRA HUNTER

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.’’


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