Van­dals dam­age garden

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

The Com­mu­nity Garden at the back of the Mata­mata Union Par­ish has been the tar­get of van­dal­ism in re­cent weeks.

Plants have been pulled out be­fore be­ing given the chance to grow, bam­boo to­mato stacks have been taken and used as swords to chop off the tops of plants, and the fit­tings for the hose have been stolen.

John Mott, who has ded­i­cated much time and ef­fort to the garden, said it was dis­heart­en­ing to see peo­ple dis­re­spect­ing a place that was es­tab­lished to ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity.

Me­tui Ta­funa was sad to see that ku­mara he had planted had been pulled out. ‘‘We’re really sad and dis­ap­pointed. ‘‘There is no rea­son for th­ese peo­ple to be do­ing this,’’ he said

On the flip­side, Mr Mott said peo­ple who have taken veges from the garden have anony­mously put new plants in.

‘‘The other day I no­ticed some­one had planted some leeks. Peo­ple are re­plac­ing plants, it’s ex­cel­lent.’’

Sad: Me­tui Ta­funa holds up veg­etable plants that were pulled out of the com­mu­nity garden at the back of the Mata­mata Union Par­ish.

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