COUN­CIL BLIND­SIDES WA­HAROA

Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - Caro­line Dib­ert Lady Mar­garet Spring Chair­per­son of Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust

With re­gard to a meet­ing in Wa­haroa (Mon­day, De­cem­ber 11 at 1pm) at the vil­lage hall con­cern­ing protests over coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to sell the build­ing, I highly rec­om­mend view­ing the film Leviathan (Rus­sian, with sub­ti­tles) to any­one try­ing to ‘‘fight city hall’’.

A chap tries in vain to keep pow­er­ful peo­ple (read of­fi­cial­dom, busi­ness in­ter­ests) from buy­ing his land. He stands lis­ten­ing while mi­nor bu­reau­crats drone on and on, quot­ing by­laws, deed trans­fers, in­com­pre­hen­si­ble le­gal speak doc­u­ments which le­git­imise the takeover of his property.

On Mon­day the same sort of read­ing/dron­ing-on of doc­u­ments, con­sul­ta­tions, in­ter­est­ingly worded rate-payer sur­veys and gen­eral ob­scu­ran­tism led to the re­al­i­sa­tion that the meet­ing was held to present the as­sem­bled with a fait ac­com­pli.

The hall has been de­com­mis­sioned. There it is. Too bad. Too late.

Some­one/some com­mit­tee, made it awk­ward, com­pli­cated and ab­surdly ex­pen­sive to hire the hall; there­fore the hall hasn’t been used, there­fore there’s no money for main­te­nance; rate ar­rears and roof re­pairs loom... so­lu­tion, sell it. Who prof­its from this? Not Wa­haroa.

Once again a sin­cere thank you to one and all – your col­lec­tive sup­port means we can pro­vide the best pos­si­ble health­care for our com­mu­nity both now and into the fu­ture which helps keep health­care on our doorstep.

We wish you all a very merry Christ­mas. On the Chron­i­cle Face­book page’s Christ­mas pa­rade al­bum: ‘‘The pa­rade was fan­tas­tic, great com­mu­nity spirit.’’ - Lo­cal & Lovin It

‘‘I miss all my friends in Mata­mata the peace­ful town in the world.’’ – Neveen Bu­dair

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

Mar­garet, Lady Spring

The sod has been turned to be­gin con­struc­tion at Pohlen Hos­pi­tal.

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