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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.

Lawrence Gullery

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