Lady Spring has key to the city

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A very well-known and re­spected Mata­mata woman has been hon­oured with a rare gift.

In a sur­prise cer­e­mony for the guest of hon­our, Lady Mar­garet Spring was pre­sented with a key to the city and the Com­mu­nity Con­trib­u­tor Award by Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mike Buck­man.

The cer­e­mony was held at the i-Site, and in­cluded mem­bers of the Dal­ton’s Daisies, the as­so­ci­a­tion and Mata­mata-Pi­ako Mayor Jan Barnes.

The key was given to Lady Spring in recog­ni­tion for all her sup­port for the Mata­mata com­mu­nity, in par­tic­u­lar, her work fundrais­ing for the up­grades and

‘‘Mata­mata can be well as­sured that the health is­sues around it are well taken care of.’’

sav­ing Pohlen, sus­tain­able.

‘‘It is very fit­ting for me as the mayor to of­fer you this com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tor award for you to wear with pride.’’

The pre­sen­ta­tion was met with sur­prise by Lady Spring, who was you made it clearly moved by the ges­ture.

In her speech Lady Spring talked about her time in Mata­mata, her de­ci­sion to start fundrais­ing and the jour­ney through that process.

‘‘This is a huge hon­our and I have had a great jour­ney,’’ said Lady Spring through tears.

‘‘There were lots of ladies lunches and raf­fles to make $1 mil­lion, but we got there in the end.

‘‘Mata­mata can be well as­sured that the health is­sues around it are well taken care of,’’ she said.

REXINE HAWES

Neil Gibbs, Briar Carr, Denise Wil­liams, Joanne Mor­gan, Mike Buck­man, Lady Spring, Sue Whit­ing, Robin Burr, San­dra Hunter, Graeme Guil­ford. Lady Spring was awarded the Com­mu­nity Con­trib­u­tor Award and key to the city.

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