Mata­mata trees to make bold state­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By MILLY KEYS

The fu­ture is bright for Mata­mata and we have a big tree cov­ered in lights to prove it!

Last Tues­day the Mata­mata Fu­tures project got un­der­way with the team from Deco Lights scal­ing the big­gest tree along Broad­way, wrap­ping it in what can only be de­scribed as thou­sands of fairy lights.

Deco Lights owner Tony McFall had only pos­i­tive things to say about the Mata­mata Fu­tures project.

‘‘They have been fan­tas­tic to work with and I un­der­stand Mata­mata Fu­tures have had good support to get the project com­pleted.

‘‘ It makes such a dif­fer­ence when a group of peo­ple are so pos­i­tive about get­ting this kind of thing done.’’

McFall em­ploys qual­i­fied ar­borists to erect the light­ing. This en­sures safety is paramount and the tree is re­spected in the process. The tree, which has cost around $10,000 and was funded by Mata­mata Fu­tures, will be per­ma­nently lit and will turn on and off with the street lights.

Mata­mata Fu­tures plan on de­vel­op­ing the project fur­ther in 2015 and are hop­ing to light up the three ‘‘ um­brella’’ trees on Broad­way’s grass me­dian.

‘‘We are hop­ing to have the next stage as a com­mu­nity project whereby lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions could come on board to help fund stage two,’’ Mata­mata Fu­tures trustee Lynette Stan­ley said. The long-term plan is to in­clude the light­ing of trees along Arawa St.

Photo: MILLY KEYS

TREE LIGHTS: Qual­i­fied ar­borists Johno Smith, left, and Ben Palmer dress the big tree on Broad­way last week.

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