Bring­ing the past to the present

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege is on the hunt for old uni­forms, tro­phies and other mem­o­ra­bilia as its plans for its cen­te­nary in 2018.

For the past 12 months a small but com­mit­ted group of vol­un­teers have been ar­rang­ing the cen­te­nary, which will take place in March next year.

Chair of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Lynette Stan­ley and event plan­ner Darlene Thomas are two of the small but de­ter­mined team.

And it’s one they are want­ing to grow.

‘‘At the mo­ment we are only a hand­ful of peo­ple to do an aw­ful lot of work, we re­ally need a big­ger team,’’ says Stan­ley.

‘‘There are plenty of ar­eas peo­ple can help out, even if it’s just an hour a week.

The Col­lege hall will be full of mem­o­ra­bilia and Lynne Jobe, an­other mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is in charge of procur­ing items of in­ter­est.

They are look­ing for school uni­forms, tro­phies and pho­tos if any­one has any to lend just for the event.

For Stan­ley, a third of four gen­er­a­tions of Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents, the cen­te­nary is an ex­cit­ing milestone.

‘‘One hun­dred years is quite sig­nif­i­cant. It’s big for the school and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘You will see old faces that were re­ally im­por­tant for those five years.

‘‘You go through so much at col­lege and you do re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing.

‘‘Your first big ex­ams, loves, bro­ken hearts, crushes - a lot of firsts.’’

Notable stu­dents from the school in­clude politi­cian Ju­dith Collins, former Silver Ferns net­baller Casey Kopua, former All Black War­wick Tay­lor and one­day in­ter­na­tional crick­eter Ni­cola Browne.

Reg­is­tra­tions are open now at a cheaper early bird price un­til Septem­ber.

The cen­te­nary be­gins Fri­day March 23, with guided school tours, con­ducted by cur­rent stu­dents.

This will be fol­lowed by a high tea and later in the evening a cock­tail party and after party.

The of­fi­cial open­ing is Satur­day morn­ing, March 24, 2017 and in­cludes a fun fes­tive food mar­ket. Po­lice were kept busy with bur­glar­ies and rob­beries in Mata­mata in the last week.

Mata­mata po­lice re­sponded to an ag­gra­vated street rob­bery where two lo­cal 15-year-olds robbed a 16-year-old male by knife point and took his money.

Mata­mata po­lice were suc­cess­ful in lo­cat­ing and ar­rest­ing the of­fend­ers.

This re­sult is an­other win for po­lice, work­ing to­wards keep­ing the streets of Mata­mata a safer place.

There were seven bur­glar­ies in both the Mata­mata CBD and ru­ral ar­eas.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako pre­ven­tion sergeant Vic Sned­don said the main tar­gets were elec­tri­cal items and con­tact­less cards.

Po­lice got a hit off a fin­ger­print found at the scene of a bur­glary and are at­tempt­ing to lo­cate the of­fender.

Two 14-year old youths are be­ing sought after CCTV footage linked them to two do­mes­tic bur­glar­ies.

Sned­don says search war­rants have been car­ried out for out­stand­ing prop­erty. Two cars were also tar­geted for mi­nor thefts.

Mata­mata po­lice have made nu­mer­ous drink driv­ing and gen­eral driv­ing of­fences.

Sned­don warns driv­ers to be aware of their al­co­hol lim­its and avoid dis­trac­tions.


Lynette Stan­ley, with tro­phies and an early roll of stu­dents dat­ing back to 1948.

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