Hos­pice fundraiser packs hall

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

It was a blast from Tau­marunui’s fash­ion past as more than 200 gar­ments, de­signed by the late Michael Mat­tar, were pa­raded down the cat­walk.

A con­sid­er­able amount of money was raised for Hos­pice Waikato, from the sale of 200 tick­ets at $50 each.

Or­gan­is­ers are still count­ing the full amount raised from the suc­cess­ful fundraiser.

Co-or­gan­iser Lynda Gul­bransen said the show was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful with $1200 raised from raf­fle tick­ets and the sales of clothes.

The money raised will help pro­vide pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for pa­tients in the Tau­marunui and Waikato ar­eas.

This will be the third fash­ion show Hos­pice Waikato has held to raise money.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Craig Tam­blyn said Tau­marunui had the big­gest turnout and thanked the com­mu­nity for all their sup­port.

‘‘Sup­port goes to the fam­i­lies as well so they can have those spe­cial mo­ments.

‘‘We work with pa­tients and their fam­i­lies to make ev­ery mo­ment count.

‘‘The money raised will al­low us to do that.’’

There are nine pa­tients and their fam­i­lies in Tau­marunui who are be­ing sup­ported by Hos­pice Waikato.

Ev­ery gar­ment has a story and the Mat­tar fam­ily were ‘‘thrilled’’ to of­fer his gar­ments for a great cause.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have also come for­ward to lend their Mat­tar orig­i­nals to help raise much needed funds.

Seam­stress, Anne Rupe worked for Mat­tar and got the chance to see a wed­ding dress she’d sewn in 1965.

More than 200 gar­ments and 16 wed­ding gowns were shown on the cat­walk.

Peo­ple trav­elled from far and wide to buy gar­ments de­signed by the fash­ion­ista who was awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

Fondly known as ‘‘Billy,’’ Mat­tar was the son of im­mi­grant Le­banese par­ents who set­tled in Tau­marunui.

His par­ents owned their own busi­ness work­ing as tai­lors in Haki­aha St.

The gifted de­signer fol­lowed his dream and took over the busi­ness creat­ing high fash­ion de­signs.

His legacy still lives on and many of his de­signs and clothes are still worn to­day. Ve­hi­cle crowd­ing at both ends of the Ton­gariro Alpine Cross­ing has led to the de­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion im­pos­ing a four hour park­ing limit.

The limit means those do­ing the full cross­ing will have to park else­where and take a shut­tle to the start and from the end of the trek.

Changes this sum­mer sea­son [Oc­to­ber 21-April 30] also in­cludes a re­quest from iwi for peo­ple to stay out of lakes, streams and moun­tain tops.

The time limit is de­signed to give vis­i­tors time to en­joy short walks, but peo­ple want­ing to do the en­tire hike, which takes an av­er­age of six to eight hours to com­plete, will need to use shut­tle trans­port.

Shut­tle ser­vices op­er­ate from Whaka­papa, Na­tional Park Vil­lage, Tu­rangi, Taupo¯, Ohakune and Raetihi.

Lo­cal kau­matua, Te Ngaehe Wanikau, ex­plained the other re­quest by say­ing the moun­tain peaks and all wa­ter­ways on Ton­gariro, Ngau­ruhoe and Ruapehu were sa­cred to Ngati Hikairo Ki Ton­gariro’’

The De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is also re­mov­ing ac­cess signs to the peaks.


Dressed in day wear the mod­els add a few fin­ish­ing touches be­fore go­ing on stage.

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