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We would like to thank those who took part in our coupon sur­vey, pub­lished a few weeks ago, ask­ing peo­ple to vote or on whether to re­tain the Petersen wa­ter foun­tain. Some peo­ple have asked when the sur­vey closes. I can of­fi­cially say the sur­vey is now closed. It was never touted as a be-all and end-all, sci­en­tific sur­vey on ratepay­ers. That’s the job of the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil and it is ask­ing for pub­lic feed­back as it de­cides the fate of the pop­u­lar foun­tain out­side the civic cen­tre. Our coupon sur­vey was an un­of­fi­cial poll to gage pub­lic feed­back on the mat­ter. Some peo­ple pho­to­copied the pa­per to record more votes while oth­ers took pic­tures of the coupon on their phone to send in. What­ever the method, the coupon was a huge suc­cess in show­ing this com­mu­nity pa­per’s con­nec­tion with readers. It has gen­er­ated a lot more de­bate and con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion. The tough de­ci­sion is now with the coun­cil as it weighs up the pros and cons for keep­ing the foun­tain.

Lawrence Gullery

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