Youth or­gan­ise Road Rage street party

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STEWART

He­tana St is to be trans­formed into a party zone on De­cem­ber 13 for the Mata­mata Pi­ako youth event Road Rage.

Or­gan­ised by lo­cal youth and Starfish So­cial Ser­vices, the street party is aimed at 12 to 24-yearolds from Mata­mata, Te Aroha and Mor­rinsville.

The road will be closed for the night to make way for food stalls, fun fair-type ac­tiv­i­ties, a stage and much more.

Lo­cal hip-hop act Da Kause will be per­form­ing, as well as Hamil­ton-based band The Lat­est Fall­out and lo­cal dance academy As­pire.

Youth de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jor­dyn Craw­ford said lo­cal youth had con­trib­uted ideas and been in­volved in plan­ning for the event.

Lead­ers from Mata­mata Col­lege, an over- 20s group, and young skaters from the skate park have each or­gan­ised as­pects of the night.

‘‘I think ev­ery­one in­volved has gained such good lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ said Jor­dyn.

The skaters are plan­ning a skate com­pe­ti­tion to be held at the skate park from 10pm, with a fi­nal at mid­night.

Pro­fes­sional skate­board­ers and BMX rid­ers have been in­vited to make guest ap­pear­ances and en­trants will make a dona­tion to­wards the cost of the event.

The event will run from 6pm to 1am, is free to at­tend, and is strictly drug and al­co­hol free.

It will be of­fi­cially opened by mayor Jan Barnes and Mata­mata po­lice will also be present.

There are more than $ 1500 worth of spot prizes and free stuff to be handed out on the night.

The event is partly funded by Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment funds se­cured by the Mata­mataPi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Or­gan­is­ers are still look­ing for lo­cal spon­sors.

Any lo­cal busi­nesses that would like to sup­port this free youth event can email Jor­dyn at


Swim­ming sen­sa­tions: Matthew Stan­ley with mem­bers of the Mata­mata Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club which won Club of the Year at the Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards. Proud gran­dad: Don Stan­ley with Matthew Stan­ley’s cer­tifi­cate for Mata­mata Pi­ako Sportsper­son of the Year.

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