Big tree’s lights set to be turned on soon

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.’’

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