Board shuts shop with warn­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

IT’S a wrap.

The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Board – along with its Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha coun­ter­parts – was of­fi­cially wound up fol­low­ing the elec­tion on Satur­day.

Out­go­ing chair­man Daryl An­der­son said the Mata­mata com­mu­nity would in­creas­ingly need to fend for it­self in the fu­ture.

‘‘I am con­cerned about the fu­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Mata­mata,’’ he said.

‘‘I haven’t yet seen, in my time on the com­mu­nity board, ward coun­cil­lors hav­ing the time to ad­vo­cate for Mata­mata as a com­mu­nity, out­side of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to Mata­mata-Pi­ako as a whole,’’ he said.

‘‘I think coun­cil­lors do a great job, I have never said oth­er­wise, but they have their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as ward coun­cil­lors and they have to carry that out.

‘‘Our sole re­spon­si­bil­ity was the com­mu­nity of Mata­mata.’’

It was now up to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to step in and ad­vo­cate for Mata­mata on coun­cil mat­ters, he said.

‘‘We need to make sure Mata­mata gets our fair share of re­sources as com­pared to other wards in the dis­trict.

‘‘What’s that say­ing? The squeaky door gets the oil?’’

If Mata­mata-Pi­ako was to be­come part of a larger amal­ga­mated coun­cil in fu­ture, there would be even more need for lo­cal ad­vo­cacy, he said.

Out­go­ing mem­ber Kevin Tap­pin, who nar­rowly missed out on a seat on the coun­cil, said or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and the Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion could step into the space left by the board.

‘‘Those peo­ple are there on the coal face and have the ear of the coun­cil,’’ he said.

Over his three-year term on the board, Mr Tap­pin had up to five peo­ple a week com­ing to him with com­mu­nity mat­ters.

Of­ten peo­ple had ques­tions about coun­cil pro­cesses or de­ci­sions and found it in­tim­i­dat­ing to ap­proach coun­cil di­rectly, he said.

Mr An­der­son was im­mensely proud of the projects the board had taken on over the years.

‘‘For hav­ing a lim­ited amount of op­por­tu­nity, we have been able to achieve a great amount of good for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are so thank­ful to have had that op­por­tu­nity.’’

Mr An­der­son wrapped up three terms on the board, while Robin Burr com­pleted four and Tina Berg one.

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