Group lend a hand

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By ABBY BROWN

In­stead of meet­ing up at the Oko­roire pub for their usual yarn spin­ning over a beer, Piarere Young Farm­ers mem­bers vol­un­teered to build a fence for the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata re­cently.

A num­ber of mem­bers met at the Pe­ria Rd Re­serve on Fe­bru­ary 16 to build a new fence, af­ter Ro­tary mem­bers pulled down the old one.

The fence is part of the Ro­tary club’s plans to plant 100 kahikatea trees at the re­serve in Mata­mata, as a me­mo­rial com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since World War I. The club, which is fund­ing the cost of the con­struc­tion of a fence and walk­way on the coun­cil land, has sup­port from the MatamataPiako Dis­trict coun­cil in this project.

This me­mo­rial is stage one of cre­at­ing a walk­way that would en­cir­cle the town that Ro­tary has been in­volved in for a long time. The next job is mark­ing out and lay­ing the walk­way, Ro­tary pres­i­dent Owen Farmilo said.

Ro­tary would then wait un­til the au­tumn rains in April or May to start plant- ing the trees, he said.

The Young Farm­ers club has also been pick­ing up loads of hay for farm­ers around the area, as a way of fundrais­ing for club ac­tiv­i­ties, Young Farmer mem­ber Kate Scott said. ‘‘A larger chunk of funds goes to­wards a week­end mys­tery bus trip in May,’’ she said. ‘‘ The more money we raise the big­ger the dis­counts we can of­fer our mem­bers at or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties like wa­ter sports, horse rid­ing, and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in sum­mer and cinema, bowl­ing and in­door stuff in win­ter.’’

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