Petrol sta­tion help

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Be­fore Christ­mas, my wife and I had the long-feared sit­u­a­tion of an eftpos card be­ing de­clined at a ser­vice sta­tion af­ter fill­ing the car with petrol.

For­tu­nately, we hap­pened to be in Mata­mata at the Z sta­tion. I say for­tu­nately be­cause a good Sa­mar­i­tan from Dal­tons paid the bill and re­fused a cheque in pay­ment.

Please pub­lish this let­ter as a way of ex­press­ing our ex­treme thanks to the mys­tery man from Dal­tons. great debt owed by so many of our ci­ti­zens to Mrs Grace Knauf, the ‘‘flower lady’’ of Pohlen Hospi­tal and ‘‘lolly lady’’ at St An­drew’s Church.

Well or un­well, Grace tire­lessly grew and gave flow­ers to all the of­fices at our hospi­tal ev­ery week.

And any­one go­ing to St An­drew’s was greeted by a lov­ing smile, a kiss for those she knew and a lolly. This was done with­out fail.

She was a credit to Mata­mata and dis­played the love her maker ad­vo­cated in his book. Mata­mata will be a poorer place when she leaves this week and all the cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion she earned tes­tify to this.

She will be missed. Over the week, Mata­mata po­lice dealt with a large num­ber of dis­or­der in­ci­dents where al­co­hol was a ma­jor fac­tor.

A 27- year- old woman was ar­rested and charged with theft and breach of bail af­ter tak­ing items from a liquor store in town.

A 21-year-old Mata­mata man was ar­rested and charged with a his­toric bur­glary. He will ap­pear in the Mor­rinsville District Court on Jan­uary 29.

A 43-year-old woman who was pre­vi­ously tres­passed from a shop, re­turned to the shop and ver­bally abused the at­ten­dant. She will ap­pear in the Mor­rinsville District Court on Jan­uary 29 charged with tres­pass­ing.

Po­lice at­tended a two-car col­li­sion at the in­ter­sec­tion of SH29

Two peo­ple were dealt with for breach of the liquor ban at 8.40pm. Both were given precharge warn­ings.

Overnight, a ve­hi­cle was bro­ken into on Jel­li­coe Rd and a large num­ber of tools were taken.

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