Adopt a high­way, beau­tify town

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - TERESA HAT­TAN

‘‘That’s all it is, a lit­tle bit of time and a few hours of some heavy ma­chin­ery and some el­bow grease.’’

One lo­cal woman wants to see the en­trance and exit to Mata­mata ti­died up.

Off her own bat, for four years now, Jane Ewen has been car­ing for a group of trees that do not tech­ni­cally be­long to her.

Vol­un­teers from Ro­tary Mata­mata re­cently or­gan­ised a work­ing bee to give Jane a hand to clear the rub­bish and dead branches from the area.

A num­ber of res­i­dents and busi­nesses along State High­way 27, in­clud­ing Mata­mata Rac­ing Club, Mur­ray Wil­son and Dal­tons, have also come on board.

Ul­ti­mately, re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with Ki­wiRail, who owns the land.

A Ki­wiRail spokesper­son said the com­pany had lim­ited funds and its pri­or­ity is safety.

They aim to en­sure veg­e­ta­tion doesn’t pose a risk to train move­ments, or im­pinge on sight lines for level cross­ings or sig­nals.

Jane has had com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil to see if they could help.

‘‘I think they should be tak­ing it on board on be­half of the com­mu­nity and say ‘we know Ki­wiRail won’t deal with it but we can’t have our town look­ing like this so let’s see what we can do with it’.’’

The coun­cil have said be­cause the trees are on Ki­wiRail land they are un­able to main­tain or trim them.

‘‘We agree that it would be great if they were pruned and we will get in touch with Ki­wiRail and en­cour­age them to tidy them up,’’ coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Adele Pre­ston said.

Jane would love the com­mu­nity to ‘adopt a high­way’, tak­ing on the task of main­tain­ing the plots along­side the rail­way, see­ing as those ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble are not.

‘‘It could be ser­vice clubs or mem­bers of the pub­lic.’’

J Swap have been great with mow­ing along parts of State High­way 27 to­wards Hin­uera, which they do vol­un­tar­ily, Jane said. How­ever, the trees along the high­way both en­ter­ing and leav­ing Mata­mata, from Hin­uera and out to Wa­haroa, need to be cared for.

‘‘That’s all it is, a lit­tle bit of time and a few hours of some heavy ma­chin­ery and some el­bow grease.’’

Those in­ter­ested in lend­ing a hand, or if you have fur­ther ideas, can get in touch with Jane at or on 888 1694. For the full length story, see the link on our Face­book page.


Jane Ewen would love to see the trees along Mata­mata’s state high­ways ti­died up.

Jane Ewen

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