FROM THE NEWS DESK
Work on the redevelopment of the civic centre in Matamata is underway with the now controversial Petersen fountain gated off. Matamata-Piako District Council is endeavouring to meet with the Petersen family and relatives to come to an agreement over the future of the fountain. The Chronicle has been criticised for its coupon poll it ran in the March 22 issue, asking people to tick or if they wanted to retain the fountain. As stated previously, this was not an official attempt at public consultation, not part of the council’s consultation process, but rather a straw poll to gauge public feeling. The feedback has been in favour of retention. But that decision will be up to the council to determine, based on its public feedback, balanced against the costs of fixing and maintaining the fountain. Letter writer Bruce Magan (Conversations, page 6) makes the point that one can’t decide whether to keep the fountain until its true costs are determined.