Com­mu­nity gar­den thrives

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU mata­mata.ed­i­tor@wrcn.co.nz

Two years ago, Me­tui Ta­funa and John Mott looked at the va­cant space there was at the back of the Mata­mata Union Par­ish and de­cided they wanted to turn it into a veg­etable gar­den.

Since an­nounc­ing their plans, a host of Mata­mata busi­nesses and res­i­dents have shown their sup­port by do­nat­ing goods or fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and what started out as one raised gar­den box has taken over just about all the avail­able space.

Last Satur­day those who had con­trib­uted in some way were in­vited to a bar­be­cue at the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

Mr Ta­funa and Mr Mott agreed that the suc­cess of the gar­den be­longs to the whole Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’re so grate­ful for ev­ery­thing and would like to thank ev­ery­one of you for mak­ing this hap­pen. It is mem­bers of this com­mu­nity who are ben­e­fit­ing the most from this project.’’

Most of all it was be­cause of the pas­sion of John Mott and his wife Jan that the gar­den has thrived, Mr Ta­funa said.

Com­mu­nity comes to­gether: Mata­mata busi­ness peo­ple and res­i­dents gath­ered at the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den on Satur­day.

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