Great 2012 mo­ments to cel­e­brate

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NANAIA MAHUTA

Meri Kir­i­himete me nga mihi mo te Tau Hou – Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year to Mata­mata.

The coming of the new year of­ten gives pause for re­flec­tion on the past year and hope for a suc­cess­ful year in 2013.

It may feel like this year has been one of doom and gloom but there have been some in­spi­ra­tional mo­ments for Ki­wis to cel­e­brate.

In your own back­yard the won­ders of New Zealand’s flour­ish­ing movie in­dus­try has been hard at work on The Hob­bit.

This has cer­tainly shone a light on Mata­mata and the com­mu­nity has proven that through hard work and cre­ative think­ing, small­town New Zealand can hold its head up high on a world stage.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on the open­ing of the Mata­mata i-SITE Gate­house which is a great jump­ing off point for Hob­bit fans.

It’s this No 8 wire men­tal­ity that some­times gives Ki­wis the edge over our bet­ter- re­sourced coun­ter­parts and it is this abil­ity to think out­side the square – if given the chance – that will see our coun­try come out of the eco­nomic dol­drums.

We have the brains and the work ethic and Labour in­tends to rev up our in­no­va­tion en­gine through re­search and devel­op­ment tax cred­its, in­creased di­rect in­vest­ment, and bet­ter link­ing re­search in­sti­tutes, univer­si­ties and busi­nesses to­gether.

This is some­thing the Waikato re­gion with its wealth of nat­u­ral re­source, cut­ting-edge univer­sity and polytech­nic and ground­break­ing busi­nesses will stand to ben­e­fit from.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you and your fam­ily a safe, re­fresh­ing and en­joy­able hol­i­day sea­son and I hope 2013 brings con­tin­ued success to Mata­mata.

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