Access to campground
Gliders can still stay at the Matamata Aerodorome, although the campground is closed.
Matamata-Piako District Council closed the aerodrome campground to casual bookings while it investigated allegations against a cleaner who also rented a house on the site.
It was previously reported that a bunkhouse on the site is closed, but the accommodation is owned by the Matamata Soaring Centre, not council, and remains open.
It was also reported the campground cleaner had resigned.
Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes said the council had been working through an employment contract and the cleaner wished to resign rather than continue on through the process.
‘‘This alleged incident happened in a property on the airfield that was rented – nothing to do with the employment. They were two separate issues.’’
The Matamata Aerodrome and camping facilities are on State Highway 27 at Waharoa, about 9km north of Matamata.
For more information on accommodation at the Matamata Soaring Centre, visit msc.gliding.co.nz
The council-run campground can still be made available for events or activities associated with the use of the airfield.
‘‘This alleged incident happened in a property on the airfield that was rented – nothing to do with the employment.’’
Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes.