Big tree’s lights set to be turned on soon
Matamata will be just a little bit brighter come the middle of the month.
Thanks to Matamata Futures, one of the biggest trees along Broadway will soon be illuminated.
Costing about $ 10,000, the work will be done over the next couple of weeks.
Matamata Futures chairman Frank Healey said the lights will be on the tree, the biggest on the berm between the i-Site and the railway tracks, permanently and will turn on and off with the street lights.
The tree will soon have ‘‘quite a few’’ white lights.
Healey said everyone has been working together to get this project under way including the council and Powerco, who look after the street lights.
‘‘ You know how busy Matamata is now so we thought it was just one way to promote our town.
‘‘We’ve got the clock tower with some lights and we’ve been talking with a service group and the business association about doing more lights in the town.’’
Healey said Matamata Futures hoped people would get enjoyment out of seeing the lights.
‘‘There is something a bit special about nice lights and these ones will be there all year, not just at Christmas.
‘‘Hopefully the town will support it and there will be more,’’ he said.
Matamata Futures comprises six trustees and currently has about 30 members.
The money behind Matamata Futures originally came from the MatamataPiako District Council when it sold community assets. Healey said the council gave a portion of money to the three communities in the district.
Next year, Matamata Futures plans on creating more of a profile for what it does.
‘‘ There’s no community board and we’re not a political group. We’re just about pushing Matamata.’’