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There were cer­tainly many events around the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict at the week­end, in­clud­ing the J.Swap Con­trac­tors Ltd Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes and its Fash­ion in the Field event. Hats off to the or­gan­is­ers who man­aged to stage a great day in the sun for many vis­i­tors who came from all around the North Is­land to ei­ther bet and watch races, or take part in the fash­ion event. While there is much to cel­e­brate and be thank­ful for what ap­pears to be a late sum­mer, a few let­ters to the pa­per this week have put a spot light on other is­sues close to peo­ples’ hearts. The de­vel­op­ment of the new civic cen­tre and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion not to con­sult over its an­nual plan are two mat­ters. The coun­cil has the abil­ity to de­cide not to con­sult if it feels the an­nual plan does not de­fer sig­nif­i­cantly from its longterm plan. While this may be the case, con­stituents still have the abil­ity to lobby their lo­cal coun­cil­lor on any is­sues they feel im­por­tant.

Lawrence Gullery

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