Bringing the past to the present
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.