WHAT THEY SAID
I personally believe that the fountain is ugly, outdated and an unnecessary burden on the Matamata-Piako ratepayer. It is an old structure which obviously needs a major overhaul/ refurbishment and will continue to be a cost to all of us ratepayers in the Matamata-Piako district. The money donated by the Petersen family would have been fully utilised some years ago and I wonder how much we have had to subsidise this over the last few years. I would also ask, how many of the 12,000 or so Matamata residents are directly acquainted with the Petersen family? Yes he did heroic deeds and I amsure there are many more heroes who did similar memorable deeds and who are related to residents of Matamata. Personally I lost two uncles in WWII.
If we want to have a true Matamata memorial we have the