An­zac flags to fly over town Coun­cil agrees to pay for half of cost

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has ac­cepted a pro­posal to foot half the bill for An­zac flags in Mata­mata.

At its cor­po­rate and op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee meet­ing on March 25, the coun­cil re­solved to con­trib­ute $1670 to­wards the pur­chase of flags for the Mata­mata Public Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion to dis­play in com­mem­o­ra­tion of An­zac Day.

The PRA asked the coun­cil to part­ner with them on this project, stat­ing many towns and cities around the coun­try have or­gan­ised spe­cial An­zac Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘ The PRA be­lieve that it is im­por­tant that we in the Mata- mata Pi­ako dis­trict also find some way to recog­nise An­zac Day, es­pe­cially on this 100th year,’’ PRA manager Sue Whit­ing said.

Whit­ing said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s role was to sup­port and pro­mote the en­tire com­mu­nity.

‘‘ When we re­alised the com­mem­o­ra­tions were fast ap­proach­ing, we felt we should recog­nise the sac­ri­fice and ef­forts of those who went to the world wars.’’

Whit­ing said through this sort of project she and the PRA had re­alised what a great vil­lage Mata­mata was.

‘‘Tainui Press came up with the strong and bold de­sign and Mata- mata Mo­tor Trim­mers had the flags printed within five days. Comag and Stanleys once again put the flags up free of charge and the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion were happy for the flags to be flown from their flag poles,’’ she said.

‘‘ Be­tween ev­ery­one, we have recog­nised the im­por­tance of An­zac Day here in Mata­mata.’’

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