Youth organise Road Rage street party
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.