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Busi­nesses and tourism out­lets re­port large num­bers of in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors com­ing into Mata­mata over the com­ing months as hol­i­day­mak­ers come to see what this Waikato town has to of­fer. Top of the list is still the Hob­biton movie set with man­age­ment there sug­gest­ing vis­i­tor num­bers will eclipse last year’s fig­ures. Ac­com­mo­da­tion out­lets and eater­ies are work­ing hard to keep up with de­mand and Mike Bain has the story on page 3 in this week’s is­sue. Re­porter Rexine Hawes also has the Year In Re­view on pages 4 and 5, look­ing back on the big events which shaped 2016. We also look at some of our sports pho­tos we snapped from the year gone by, on pages 18 and 24. Rexine also has the re­sults of your picks for the best chip shop in town, which, along with other sim­i­lar eater­ies, are likely to be en­joy­ing the sum­mer busi­ness trade. There’s also the lat­est in our Back In The Day se­ries, which fea­tures a story from 1981 on a prom­i­nent re­tir­ing busi­ness­man.

Lawrence Gullery

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