We will be un­for­get­table

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

This week I had a con­ver­sa­tion with a very neg­a­tive per­son. I have to ad­mit I came away feel­ing very shaky; maybe it was a good thing as I am now more com­mit­ted to our Gate­house project than ever.

The Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion’s (PRA) com­mit­tee is made up of for­ward­think­ing, pos­i­tive peo­ple who have a longterm, clear ob­jec­tive which is to make Mata­mata ‘‘un­for­get­table’’.

At risk of re­peat­ing my­self, we want to STOP TRAF­FIC, and we have al­ready achieved that by build­ing the first stage of the Gate­house.

How­ever our dream is to com­plete the Gate­house, to make it ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful and stop even more visi­tors in our town to create eco­nomic ben­e­fit for our lo­cal busi­nesses which will trickle down to the en­tire com­mu­nity.

The PRA works for the com­mu­nity, in fact we work very hard, pay wages and our bills, (es­pe­cially the IRD).

Ac­cu­mu­lated funds must go into com­mu­nity projects.

Fi­nal­is­ing the Gate­house will cause short sharp fi­nan­cial pain for us but only in the very short term as we will re­cover very quickly.

Thank you to Mr Thrupp for his very kind do­na­tion.

He and Ruth are now on our VIP list and will be noted in our Con­tri­bu­tion Book.

If you would like to help us by con­tribut­ing, even in some small way, please let me know.

The build­ing process is on tar­get, the steel goes in this week and then things will re­ally start to move.

In Oc­to­ber the Welling­ton boys (and girls) will be back to do all the ‘‘flash’’ stuff. But it’s busi­ness as usual while the build­ing pro­gresses.

We are host­ing 150 i-SITE Vis­i­tor Cen­tre con­fer­ence del­e­gates this week. They are com­ing to Mata­mata to see our beau­ti­ful Gate­house, nat­u­rally we are the most unique i-SITE Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in the coun­try, a fact we are very proud of.

Oh, and we had a very un­usual vis­i­tor last week­end. Couldn’t wait for the doors to open at 9am so tried to tap on my of­fice win­dow! Check out the photo on our face­book page.

I was just about to send this to print when an un­be­liev­able of­fer has been made to us by a very gen­er­ous man who is pre­pared to help the PRA with the Gate­house project. So, yes, there are some amaz­ing, pos­i­tive peo­ple in our town. Will let you know who that man is in my next col­umn. But he’s such a nice man, you may have al­ready guessed!


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