Bi-lin­gual signs part of cen­tre

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has moved out of the 1950s and into the 21st cen­tury by agree­ing to in­stall bi-lin­gual signs in­side its new­est pub­lic fa­cil­ity.

Signs in English, and Maori, will greet peo­ple when they visit the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Civic and Me­mo­rial Cen­tre when it con­structed on Tanui St.

Pou carv­ings and whaariki pan­els would also fea­ture in­side the new build­ing.

The coun­cil, at its cor­po­rate and oper­a­tions com­mit­tee meet­ing, ’’en­dorsed’’ bi-lin­gual sig­nage to fea­ture as part of the civic cen­tre.

The com­mit­tee noted that bilin­gual signs were now part of ‘‘coun­cil pol­icy’’.

The coun­cil wel­comed an of­fer from iwi rep­re­sen­ta­tives to as­sist with ap­pro­pri­ate terms and phrases for the sig­nage.

It would in­clude sug­ges­tions for room names in­side the new cen­tre.

Coun­cil­lors ini­tially con­sid­ered a pro­posal, at a coun­cil work­shop ear­lier this year, from Ngati Haua, Ngati Hin­erangi, Raukawa and staff, to pro­vide carv­ings for the new build­ing.

The size and po­si­tion of the carv­ings, Pou Mauma­hara, was yet to be con­firmed but the com­mit­tee agreed with the con­cept at an es­ti­mated cost of $15,500, with a de­sign to be ap­proved.

The com­mit­tee agreed the coun­cil ap­prove the pro­vi­sion of up to five whaariki pan­els at a cost of $500 each.

It also agreed that the coun­cil con­sider an ex­pen­di­ture of $450 for the kowhai­whai de­sign of the re­cep­tion desk front panel at the new cen­tre.

The re­source di­tions for the con­sent con­civic cen­tre in­cluded the abil­ity to re­cy­cle and in­cor­po­rate ma­te­ri­als re­moved from the now de­mol­ished 1940 bor­ough build­ing.

There was also a con­di­tion to pro­vide a display of draw­ings, pho­to­graphs and in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the bor­ough build­ing.

The Roll of Hon­our and Ceno­taph had been wrapped and re­mained in place, while the new cen­tre was built around them.

There was still no res­o­lu­tion over the fu­ture of the water foun­tain, also in front of the new cen­tre on Tainui St. It was do­nated by Peter Ge­orge Petersen, an air force wire­less op­er­a­tor in World War II.

In March, in the Coun­cil In Fo­cus pub­li­ca­tion, the coun­cil said the water fea­ture would be re­moved, up­dated and sited within the new com­plex.


Con­struc­tion on the new Mata­mata-Pi­ako Civi and Me­mor­eial Cen­tre is un­der­way.

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