New town pos­i­tive step

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - PROP­ERTY

A New Zealand ac­tor and for­mer Wesley Col­lege stu­dent say the build­ing of a new town and a new school is a pos­i­tive step in the school’s evo­lu­tion.

Ian Mune, as a Wesley stu­dent of 1956, said he barely recog­nised the place and nor would a fu­ture stu­dent in 2020.

‘‘It is the spirit that recog­nise,’’ he said.

‘‘He tan­gata, he tan­gata, he tan­gata - it is the peo­ple, the peo­ple, the peo­ple.’’

The iconic Kiwi ac­tor presided over the cer- I emony for the new Franklin town on Satur­day morn­ing.

The pres­i­dent of the methodist church, Rev Tovia Au­mua, who was handed the cer­e­mo­nial spade to break ground on the new town, said he was hon­oured to start con­struc­tion.

‘‘To coin the fa­mous words of Neil Arm­strong, it is one small move for us to­day, one gi­ant step for­ward for the new town of Wesley.’’

The cer­e­mony was an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ex­plain the ra­tio­nale be­hind the de­ci­sion to build the new town which would in­clude around 5000 new homes, a busi­ness hub, high-speed broad­band, a rail sta­tion and a com­ple­men­tary re­tail sec­tor.

Chris John­ston, speak­ing on be­half of Grafton Downs Ltd and the Wesley Col­lege Trust Board, said Satur­day’s event was the start of the largest pri­vate ini­tia­tive ever seen in Auck­land. The guests in­cluded Franklin fam­i­lies, Pukekohe res­i­dents, busi­ness in­ter­ests and the mul­ti­ple par­ties.

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