FROM THE NEWS DESK
Welcome to the first Matamata Chronicle of 2018. To kick off the year, we’re celebrating the achievements of long-time National Party politician, Lindsay Tisch, who featured on this year’s New Year Honours list, for services as a Member of Parliament for the Waikato electorate. He had worked as an MP since 1999, returning in 2017. Reporter Rexine Hawes also has a story from those behind the Matamata Community Garden. The garden remains a cherished part of the community but more care and attention is needed to make sure of its longevity. Thefts and damage remain two of the problems the garden faces and the organisers are asking people for help to make sure the site is secure. Rexine also has a story on sharemilker Shanon Eyre, who through the Matamata Aero Club, has completed a long-time wish to be able to fly a plane. Not many people are lining up to be his first passenger but a close friend may take up the challenge. We’re looking forward to the New Year and telling more fabulous stories from around the community.
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