Ac­cess to camp­ground

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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.’’

MARK TAY­LOR FAIR­FAX NZ

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes.

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