FROM THE NEWS DESK

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This is the fi­nal Chron­i­cle of 2016 and so we’d like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank all of our read­ers for their sup­port over the year. It has cer­tainly been a year of change and de­vel­op­ment in the me­dia in­dus­try. Our fo­cus is now squarely on our dig­i­tal plat­form, Stuff.co.nz, as an ad­di­tion to the pa­per (not a re­place­ment) which gives us an ad­van­tage in terms of the way we pro­vide news for our com­mu­nity. We’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year and to meet­ing the chal­lenges as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties 2017 might present. The gen­eral elec­tion is loom­ing as a ma­jor news item for 2017 al­ready, with var­i­ous Na­tional MPs calling it quits, and op­po­si­tion par­ties look­ing to take ad­van­tage of any change in the coun­try’s cur­rent lead­er­ship. We’ll also be keep­ing an eye on the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District coun­cil in 2017, with some ma­jor is­sues on its plate over the com­ing year, in­clud­ing wa­ter man­age­ment and hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. From the team at the Chron­i­cle, Merry Christ­mas.

Lawrence Gullery

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