Into the realms of his­tory

Chance to make his­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mata­mata peo­ple have an op­por­tu­nity to be part of the town’s his­tory by fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing its traf­fic-stop­ping i-Site Gate­house.

On Au­gust 26, build­ing will start on ex­tend­ing the i- Site vis­i­tors’ cen­tre and com­plet­ing the Gate­house fa­cade.

Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Sue Whit­ing said the Gate­house is an in­vest­ment in Mata­mata’s fu­ture.

‘‘We’re invit­ing peo­ple to be part of that in­vest­ment,’’she said.

The names of those who pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will be recorded for pos­ter­ity in a beau­ti­ful leather- bound Con­tri­bu­tion Book which has been pro­duced by a spe­cial­ist book maker and over­seen by The Hob­bit set dec­o­ra­tor Ra Vin­cent.

The book will be kept on per­ma­nent dis­play at the i-Site.

Ms Whit­ing said Mata­mata peo­ple could show their grand­chil­dren in years to come how they helped to­wards build­ing the Gate­house.

‘‘The pro­ject will cost $450,000 plus GST. We are us­ing our ac­cu­mu­lated funds, sup­ported by a $50,000 grant and a $150,000 loan from the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil,’’ she said.

‘‘ As any­one who has built a home knows, there are al­ways cost over­runs and we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some un­ex­pected ad­di­tional costs. How­ever we are re­luc­tant to de­lay the pro­ject as high vis­i­tor num­bers are cur­rently putting a strain on space, plus we need to be ready for what is pro­jected to be a sum­mer sea­son even greater than last year.’’

As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Denise Wil­liams said the as­so­ci­a­tion wants to make sure the Gate­house is ready for the ex­pected De­cem­ber re­lease of the sec­ond Hob­bit movie.

‘‘We be­lieve the Gate­house is en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to stop and shop in Mata­mata which is ben­e­fit­ing the town – hence an ap­peal to res­i­dents, busi­nesses and groups for sup­port,’’ she said.

Ms Whit­ing is keen to hear from any­one wish­ing to of­fer fi­nan­cial sup­port to the Gate­house. For more de­tails call her on 888 6688.

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