Great Gate­house re­sult

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Af­ter 18 months, we are there. The Mata­mata PRA has cre­ated some­thing that the town can be proud of.

The Gate­house will at­tract vis­i­tors, to the ben­e­fit of our lo­cal busi­nesses.

The peo­ple re­spon­si­ble are PRA com­mit­tee mem­bers Denise Wil­liams, Di Rom­ley, Eric Jack­son, Graeme Guil­ford, Elaine Fraser, Neil Gibbs, Robin Burr, San­dra Hunter, Joanne Mor­gan, Mike Buck­man and Kevin Tap­pin.

They con­fi­dently made the de­ci­sion to in­vest our ‘‘rainy day’’ money into our spec­tac­u­lar Gate­house.

We are in­debted to Dan Hen­nah, our Welling­ton- based de­signer, and we are grate­ful to busi­nesses who of­fered their best prices: Rex Barnes En­gi­neer­ing, Mata­mata Post and Rail, Elec­trico and Mata­mata Di­rec­tional Drilling. Also those who have of­fered prod­uct and ser­vices free of charge: Co­mag, Re­sene, Mata­mata Mo­tor Trim­mers, An­thony Van Den Berg and Robert Har­ris Cafe.

Thank you to the clever, sup­port­ive Tainui Press team. Also to Milly, Ka­t­rina and the girls at the Chron­i­cle.

To Mata­mata Fu­tures Inc, for fund­ing the mov­ing of the se­cu­rity cam­era and up­grad­ing the light­ing; Mata­mata- Pi­ako District Coun­cil, who of­fered gen­er­ous sup­port, par­tic­u­larly Hugh Ver­coe.

The boys: Dar­ren Roa and his team, Chris, James and Rob; Garry and Mike. The boys ( and girls) who have done the amaz­ing stone work, thatch­ing and paint­ing. And, of course, Brian Massey who has been able to calmly project man­age the Gate­house and Green Dragon builds si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

The PRA has worked with Rus­sell Alexan­der and his team at Hob­biton for more than 10 years.

Not only has Hob­biton Movie Set Tours ben­e­fited our busi­ness, it has been pos­si­bly the great­est eco­nomic con­trib­u­tor Mata­mata has ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years.

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