HALL UNDER DEBATE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waharoa locals are debating the future of the town’s memorial hall and who is responsible.