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In this week’s Chron­i­cle we have a strong fo­cus on the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions with in­ter­views on re­turn­ing mayor Jan Barnes plus a look at the can­di­dates con­test­ing the Mata­mata Ward. Re­porter Mike Bain speaks to Barnes about her as­pi­ra­tions for the com­ing three­year term, which in­clude pre­par­ing the dis­trict for growth, in terms of in­creases in pop­u­la­tion, as well as tak­ing ad­van­tage of tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties. Re­porter Rexine Hawes also speaks to the can­di­dates for the Mata­mata ward to find out why they want to rep­re­sent their com­mu­nity on coun­cil. Mov­ing away from pol­i­tics, Rexine also has a story on a pop­u­lar pet fe­line that had taken up res­i­dency in a lo­cal cafe. Buddy, as the friendly cat is known, was tar­geted by a dog and fol­low­ing a scuf­fle, Buddy has gone miss­ing. Nearby shop own­ers and cus­tomers are dis­traught at the loss of the furry face and are ap­peal­ing for help to find Buddy.

Lawrence Gullery

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