Great Gate­house open­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

The Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee waited for Thurs­day morn­ing with fin­gers crossed for a day of per­fect weather for their cel­e­bra­tion of the open­ing of our i-SITE Gate­house. We were truly re­warded in ev­ery way. The hoard­ings came down at 5am and even at this hour drivers pass­ing tooted their sup­port, early morn­ing walk­ers had noth­ing but praise for what we had achieved.

The roads closed, the stage went up and our com­mu­nity cel­e­brated in a way never seen be­fore. We were all de­lighted that the hard work put into plan­ning this event over the past months had paid off. Thank you to ev­ery­one who had a part in mak­ing our cel­e­bra­tion a day that we will re­mem­ber for many years to come. A huge thank you must go to Sue Whit­ing and her staff for the many hours that they put into the plan­ning to en­sure that ev­ery­thing went with­out a hitch. A spe­cial thanks to Mem­o­rie Brooky who stepped in and took over the or­gan­is­ing of the en­ter­tain­ment when Kevin Tap­pin was un­well.

To the mem­bers of our com­mit­tee who are all vol­un­teers, to all who sup­ported us fi­nan­cially and do­nated their ser­vices, to the busi­nesses who painted win­dows and made some awe­some gar­dens to add to the at­mos­phere, to the mu­si­cians who en­ter­tained us for the day, to our Prime Min­is­ter John Key for of­fi­cially open­ing our Gate­house, Mayor Hugh Ver­coe for his sup­port through­out the project and MP Lindsay Tisch for con­vinc­ing our Prime Min­is­ter that it would be a lit­tle more than a few old ladies hav­ing tea and scones and, of course, a huge thank you to all of the peo­ple who turned up to cel­e­brate our spe­cial day, it couldn’t have hap­pened with­out all of you.

It was cer­tainly a day to be ex­tremely proud of, thank you. helm of her hard­work­ing team to make th­ese events such a success. I owned a busi­ness in Mata­mata some years ago when Sue was a ‘‘new­bee’’ in Mata­mata, and she was hop­ing to make a dif­fer­ence then with var­i­ous new ideas and was keen to put her mark on things.

Many years have passed and I think you will agree, that she has gone over and above all ex­pec­ta­tions with the tremen­dous work she has done, the vis­i­tor statis­tics alone, since work­ing along­side Hob­biton, tells the story. She al­ways move qui­etly in the back­ground steer­ing things along. So well done Sue! Your work in our town is much ap­pre­ci­ated and I don’t think your jour­ney is over any time soon. so much. All the best on your new ad­ven­ture.

Sally Jenk­ins

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