FROM THE NEWS DESK
Matamata mumMichelle Wellington speaks to reporter Rexine Hawes about her experience training for the Hinuera Rugby and Sports Boxing Battle event held recently. Michelle had to step outside of her comfort zone when it came time to step into the ring with opponent, Suzie van Heuven. The two had been training together and became good friends. All that had to be put aside once time started inside the boxing ring. Her story features on page 12. It’s always a good idea to keep tabs on your city or district mayor and this week we hear from Matamata-Piako Mayor Jan Barnes, who writes giving an overview of her work out and about in the community recently. Barnes has been elected chair of the Provincial Sector of Local Government New Zealand, and to LGNZ National Council. It will be interesting to see how the district can benefit from having its mayor in these high-profile groups as the three-year term rolls on.