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A res­o­lu­tion has been found over the fu­ture of the Pete Petersen water foun­tain, which since the mid-1980s, has fea­tured out­side the Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre. The site is now be­ing re­de­vel­oped into the newly named Mata­mata-Pi­ako Civic and Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Un­cer­tainty over the foun­tain’s fu­ture first came to light in March, when there was a dis­agree­ment over the coun­cil’s wishes to de­mol­ish the foun­tain. A com­mu­ni­ca­tion er­ror is to blame for the coun­cil think­ing it had the Petersen fam­ily’s con­sent to re­move the foun­tain. How­ever now the coun­cil and the fam­ily, af­ter re­view­ing the cost to up­grade or even just main­tain the foun­tain, have agreed on a way for­ward. The foun­tain will be re­moved and a room in the new cen­tre will be named to mark Pete Petersen’s con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity and his ser­vice dur­ing World War II. By now you would have read re­porter Rexine Hawes’ story on the front page, and her in­ter­view with mayor Jan Barnes on the topic. You can read the Petersen fam­ily’s let­ter on page 6.

Lawrence Gullery MATA­MATA CHRON­I­CLE: (07) 888 7011 News Direc­tor: Lawrence Gullery, 027 839 6388, lawrence.gullery@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz AD­VER­TIS­ING CON­SUL­TANT: Ja­nine Bar­rett, 027 404 9073 ja­nine.bar­rett@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz RE­PORTERS: Rexine Hawes, (07) 888 7011, rexine.hawes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz and Mike Bain, (07) 827 3840, mike.bain@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz CLASSIFIEDS: lynda.mcrae@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz (dead­line 3pm Mon­day) DIS­PLAY BOOK­ING DEAD­LINE: 3pm Thurs­day DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: mata­mat­achron­i­cle.co.nz AD­DRESS: 2 Tainui St, PO Box 148, Mata­mata 10,425 AU­DITED CIR­CU­LA­TION (ABC for 12 mths to 31 Dec 15).

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