Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - Dar­i­lyn Day, Wa­haroa

This hall was built I be­lieve by the com­mu­nity as a re­mem­brance for our Fore­fa­thers who went to war for us, for our fu­ture. How dis­re­spect­ful are we to want to con­demn the hall or sell it off be­cause nei­ther coun­cil or com­mu­nity want to fix the roof? I would be in­ter­ested to know if the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Hall re­quired roof re­pairs and a let­ter was sent out to all Mata­mata rate pay­ers re­quest­ing a rate in­crease for this re­pair – just how many rate pay­ers would take the time to sit down and write back to coun­cil.

It’s not that no one is pre­pared to cough up the $13.50 fee so much as we have a high rate of un­em­ploy­ment in Wa­haroa along with the fact most are liv­ing week to week. My­self in­cluded.

The hall is by far in bet­ter con­di­tion than over 50 per cent of the res­i­den­tial houses in Wa­haroa, you just have to take a drive around to see this.

Since we had the sewage sys­tem put in Wa­haroa our rates have in­creased sub­stan­tially to pro­vide this good ser­vice. We’ve all been hit by this in­crease. Is there a rea­son why it all gets sold or gifted by April? Can we not ex­tend the date un­til the orig­i­nal donor is lo­cated?

How much money is it cost­ing MPDC to pay the cost of pri­vate search com­pany to find the ev­i­dence of the orig­i­nal donor? Will the rate pay­ers be pay­ing this ex­pense? I may sound a lit­tle peeved but I do think as a com­mu­nity if we loose our Hall of Re­mem­brance we may end up with a build­ing with blocked up win­dows and graf­fiti to match the white hall across the road.

Per­haps coun­cil would con­sider tak­ing the build­ing down, sell­ing off the bricks and us­ables and us­ing the money to put up a play­ground for our chil­dren in Wa­haroa on the same site.

We may not be re­mem­ber­ing our sol­diers past but at least we can pro­vide for their great great grand­chil­dren still here. I per­son­ally think Mata­mata has worse prob­lems than graf­fiti, like the drink­ing cul­ture, we have so many liquor out­lets in this town that it’s no won­der there is so much trou­ble. - Te Aroha Ho­haia Per­son­ally I don’t think the youth need to be ’en­ter­tained’ this [graf­fiti] is sim­ply a mat­ter be­tween right and wrong. - Natalie Feek HAVE YOUR SAY: Let­ters should not ex­ceed 250 words and must have full name, res­i­den­tial ad­dress and phone num­ber. The editor re­serves the right to abridge or with­hold any cor­re­spon­dence with­out ex­pla­na­tion. Let­ters may be edited. Let­ters may be re­ferred to oth­ers for right of re­ply. Write to PO Box 148, Mata­mata or email pet­rice.tar­rant@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz.

Wa­haroa lo­cals are de­bat­ing the fu­ture of the town’s me­mo­rial hall and who is re­spon­si­ble.

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