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On the front page you would have read a story about a move to set up some of­fi­cial di­rec­tion to grow eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict. It’s prob­a­bly long over­due but prompted by the pop­u­lar­ity of Hob­biton, cou­pled with the ad­vance­ment of tourism across the dis­trict and Waikato re­gion. It also comes af­ter re­search show­ing the dis­trict can’t rely on the pri­mary sec­tor alone for eco­nomic wealth and it must look to new in­dus­tries to help move things along, and cer­tainly tourism is loom­ing as one of those op­tions. At the top of the list has to be the de­vel­op­ment of a cy­cle trail from Te Aroha to Mata­mata. From what I un­der­stand this idea has been many years in the pipe­line but it looks like the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil is un­der­tak­ing se­ri­ous plan­ning to get the project head­ing to­wards fruition. This will con­nect Mata­mata to the pop­u­lar Hau­raki Rail Trail which has proved to be a hit with lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors to the Coro­man­del.

Lawrence Gullery

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