DEB QUIN

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This is cer­tainly a topic for Mata­mata, how­ever very per­sonal one for the fam­ily. My thoughts would have been that the coun­cil would have been in dis­cus­sion with the fam­ily and if need­ing to change, [talk about] what they pro­pose to change it to, then get ac­cep­tance, then take it to the town.

2013-2016: Con­sul­ta­tion and de­ci­sion mak­ing, whether to ren­o­vate or re­build the Mata­mata Memo­rial Cen­tre.

2016: Coun­cil work­ing party con­sid­ered whether to in­clude the foun­tain within re­build. It de­cided a cost­ing of $250,000 to pro­vide a scaled-down ver­sion of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture was too ex­pen­sive. The foun­tain re­place­ment was ruled ‘‘out of scope’’ for the de­vel­op­ment.

De­cem­ber 2016: Coun­cil con­tacted by fam­ily mem­ber, whowas ad­vised the foun­tain was out of scope.

Fe­bru­ary 8: Full coun­cil meet­ing to ap­prove ten­der. Coun­cil ad­vised a sec­ond pump had failed and the foun­tain was show­ing signs of leak­ing. Coun­cil ap­proved re­moval of the water fea­ture and dis­cuss with rel­a­tives of the be­quester a plaque that ac­knowl­edges the be­quest. Fe­bru­ary 10: News re­lease is­sued, which in­cluded the above de­ci­sion. Fe­bru­ary 15: Ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Mata­mata Chron­i­cle, in­cludes the de­ci­sion to re­move the foun­tain.

Fe­bru­ary 23: Meet­ing with Petersen fam­ily & Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Mayor apol­o­gises for the be­lated con­sul­ta­tion. A mem­ber of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety makes sug­ges­tion of a room named af­ter Mr Petersen. Fam­ily mem­bers re­quest it be named the ‘‘Pete’’ Petersen room.

They re­quested the coun­cil also seek public feed­back on what should hap­pen to the water fea­ture.

March 1: Coun­cil calls for sug­ges­tions on Petersen memo­rial via its Coun­cil in Fo­cus ad­ver­tise­ments. March 7: Sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers ques­tion coun­cil’s de­ci­sion. March 13: Coun­cil tried to or­gan­ise a fur­ther meet­ing with the fam­ily. March 15: Fam­ily mem­bers and mayor in­ter­viewed by Seven Sharp. March 22: Mata­mata Chron­i­cle pub­lishes front page story on the is­sue. *Time­line pro­vided by Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Ex­hi­bi­tion and the His­toric So­ci­ety Book Fair. One of the nicest things was to see a fam­ily - mu­mand dad and chil­dren sit­ting on the foun­tain read­ing their books pur­chased at the book fair. I too think it is tran­quil and

sooth­ing, the up­keep should have been kept and once up­graded will be an as­set to the town. Many vis­i­tors and lo­cals sit on it. It was gifted in good faith and we should be proud of this, I think it should stay. Makes our town more

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