CIVIC DUTY

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Hooray the coun­cil and the review of their ‘Civic duty a Fea­ture in 2016’ as seen in the Chron­i­cle 11/01/2017.

Un­sur­pris­ing then, no men­tion of their to­tal dis­re­gard of the long­stand­ing protest against the de­com­mis­sion­ing without con­sul­ta­tion of the Wa­haroa Com­mu­nity Hall. A lengthy pa­per trail shows nil re­sponse to cor­re­spon­dence dat­ing back to 30 June 2014.

The coun­cil re­sponse since De­cem­ber 11, 2015 has been a re­it­er­a­tion of the same non­sense.

‘‘At a coun­cil meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 14, 2015, it was re­solved to de­com­mis­sion the hall and de­clare it sur­plus to re­quire­ments. As the land was gifted to coun­cil, we are now work­ing through the ob­li­gated process, which has in­volved the hall been val­ued and an of­fer be­ing made to the orig­i­nal land own­ers. If they de­cline the of­fer to pur­chase, it is likely the hall and land will be put for sale on the open mar­ket.’’

Such ar­ro­gance is breath­tak­ing. The Wa­haroa Memo­rial Hall is a ‘memo­rial hall’ and be­longs to the com­mu­nity, not the coun­cil - they are care­tak­ers only. Un­til there is trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity con­cern­ing this is­sue, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial state­ments, the protests will con­tinue. Caro­line DiBert Mem­ber of friends of the Wa­haroa Memo­rial Hall. there and the Mata­mata com­mu­nity for all their love, sup­port and gen­eros­ity through­out the last few days. Speech­less, but grate­ful in all ways, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery lit­tle thing. Thank you so much, God bless you. Take care and all our love goes out to you all.

Love the Wil­son fam­ily.

Com­ments re­gard­ing the pro­posed civic cen­tre:

As a ratepayer I don’t feel that I should have to con­trib­ute for fea­tures that a small por­tion of our com­mu­nity use.

- Michele Mor­row

What’s the use of re­new­ing the build­ings if you aren’t go­ing to go the whole hog? The new cen­tre will be made use of and will at­tract a lot of use if it is user friendly. No stage or wings? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Sharon Edge

How com­plex does the stage have to be? A stage, a prosce­nium, and wings? A simple cur­tain and light­ing grid? Does it re­ally have to be the Founders Theatre?

-Ian Latham

The pro­posed Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre build­ing.

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