100 trees to com­mem­o­rate 100 years

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By ABBY BROWN

The Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata will plant 100 kahikatea trees at the Pe­ria Road Re­serve in Mata­mata as a memo­rial com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since World War I.

The club ap­proached the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil to get support for this and the con­struc­tion of a fence and walk­way on the coun­cil land, which the Ro­tary club would fund.

Coun­cil agreed to con­trib­ute $ 3000 to­wards the po­ten­tial re­moval or prun­ing of po­plar trees on an ad­ja­cent prop­erty that could po­ten­tially over­shadow the memo­rial trees. The coun­cil would also po­ten­tially mow the grass around the memo­rial in the fu­ture which would have ad­di­tional costs.

‘‘It is an hon­our to part­ner with the Ro­tary club to com­mem­o­rate 100 years sincethe First World War,’’ mayor Jan Barnes said.

The memo­rial is stage one of cre­at­ing a walk­way that would en­cir­cle the town which Ro­tary has been in­volved in for a long time, Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian Don Stan­ley said.

The Ro­tary club were dis­cussing with the RSA about the po­ten­tial to in­stall plaques to cel­e­brate the sig­nif­i­cant bat­tles of World War I like Gal­lipoli and the Somme.

Ro­tary planned to start plant­ing the trees in April or May.

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