Passionate about building brighter future
Matamata man Bruce Magan wants a brighter future for the next generation.
And as part of Matamata Futures he, and the other trustees, have literally done that by lighting the tree between the i-SITE and the railway tracks at Christmas.
And now his big dream of giving the area a new indoor sport stadium is slowly getting closer.
The group, and Magan, have been working over the past two to three years to try and get it up and running.
Magan had been pushing for it for about 9 years after initially pledging around $750,000 for the construction of a community sports facility.
He said one of the positives in the delays was that the interest had grown that to about $800,000.
The founder of construction company Comag said being a benefactor was a way to give back to the community.
‘‘I made money from the community so I want to give back to it.’’
He is now semi-retired and no longer officially involved with the Comag which evolved from Bruce Magan Ltd, which began in September 1967.
Magan, who had served on Matamata Burrough Council and the Matamata-Piako District Council for 11 years, was also inspired by his mum.
‘‘She always found time to help other people, even though she had seven children.’’
Both Comag and the Matamata College old boy have a strong commitment to the needs of the Matamata sport community.
They both sponsor the college first XV.
Magan said the new facility would not only benefit his ‘‘chosen sport’’.
The Giblin Group was doing a needs assessment of the potential locations to see how they would meet the needs of various local groups, including football club the Swifts.
Magan said Matamata’s younger generations deserved a new stadium.
‘‘I feel the community has the responsibility to provide those. Younger generations have the right to expect those facilities.’’
To him, community was important.
‘‘If you don’t believe in community, you don’t believe in anything.
‘‘People say you get the community they deserve.’’
Bruce Magan outside his preferred location for a new indoor sport stadium.