Community garden thrives
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.