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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.

Lawrence Gullery

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