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News of the Mata­mata Po­lice Sta­tion up­grade to a 24/7 op­er­a­tion has been wel­comed by com­mu­nity lead­ers. And judg­ing by the po­lice report fea­tur­ing on page 4 this week, it looks like the up­grade is well jus­ti­fied. Po­lice have dealt with ev­ery­thing from a stab­bing, smash and grab crime, bur­glar­ies and a gar­den thief. The Govern­ment plans to up­grade the Mata­mata po­lice base in the next fi­nan­cial year. The sta­tion is an im­por­tant as­set given its location to neigh­bour­ing po­lice sta­tions such as Tau­ranga, Ro­torua and Hamil­ton. In the neigh­bour­ing Waipa district, com­mu­nity lead­ers there are des­per­ately try­ing to lobby their politi­cians and the Waikato district po­lice com­man­der af­ter Cam­bridge was de­nied an up­grade to a 24/7 po­lice sta­tion. Cam­bridge and Mata­mata are dif­fer­ent. But a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor among all rural towns is the view that law and or­der is shap­ing up to be a ma­jor topic at this year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Lawrence Gullery

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