Award is boost to en­deav­ours

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Abig week. Dar­ren Roa and his boys have now got the roof on and the beau­ti­ful win­dows in. I have to ad­mit when the con­crete went down I was con­cerned that it didn’t look like a very big area. Now with the walls up, I can cer­tainly see that we will have a lot of ex­tra space. And we will need it as even though it is the shoul­der sea­son we are still ex­tremely busy.

The pos­i­tive at­ti­tude of the peo­ple who live in our great lit­tle town never fails to amaze me. We still had a short­fall on our project funds but Bob Dal­ley has stepped in to help us. Ev­ery­one knows what Bob does for Mata­mata; he is a gen­er­ous man and the PRA is very grate­ful and over­whelmed by his of­fer. Again, thank you Bob.

I must also thank those lo­cals who come in dur­ing the stand­ing room only mo­ments and kindly step back and tell us to serve our over­seas guests first. That shows true hos­pi­tal­ity.

The high­light of our week was win­ning the MPDC Busi­ness to Busi­ness, Mata­mata Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Award. We have worked hard over the past year with the build­ing of the fa­cade, the big open­ing on Novem­ber 29, the mas­sive in­flux of visi­tors over the sum­mer then the plan­ning and build­ing of the ex­ten­sion and stage two of the fa­cade. We haven’t stopped, so win­ning the award has made it all worth­while.

This is our sec­ond award; at the re­cent i-Site Vis­i­tor Cen­tre con­fer­ence in mid Septem­ber we won an in­no­va­tion award. It’s nice to have our ef­forts recog­nised by our i-Site col­leagues.

Our sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions to Jan Barnes, our new Mata­mata mayor. Jan has been a loyal PRA com­mit­tee mem­ber for 15 years how­ever she stepped down in May to con­cen­trate on her mayoral cam­paign. We hope that she has some time to join us for the oc­ca­sional meet­ing in the fu­ture.

Keep an eye on the build­ing next week as more boys from Wellington are back to place the rock for the chim­ney.

PS. The pos­sum has gone and the cat that slipped in through the open floor­ing each night and slept on my of­fice chair has been evicted.

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