Out with the old, in with the new seat­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The district’s pre­mier per­form­ing arts the­atre, the Plaza in Pu­taruru, now boasts 134 new seats.

The seats cost just un­der $50,000 and form part of the Plaza up­grade pro­gramme.

‘‘The old seats were put on Face­book to see if there was any in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity in own­ing a piece of Plaza his­tory,’’ Plaza man­ager Ni­cola War­ring­ton said. ‘‘Eleven lo­cal peo­ple showed in­ter­est and be­tween them 114 of the old seats were sold.’’ ‘‘ The ma­jor­ity of the pur­chasers wanted the seats for nos­tal­gic rea­sons and a place to sit while hav­ing a beer in the shed,’’ Mrs War­ring­ton said.

‘‘Pa­trons to Steinie’s Bar­ber Shop in Pu­taruru can en­joy a piece of this his­tory too when they visit for a hair­cut, since Steinie’s now sports nine of the old chairs.’’

The money raised will go to­wards re­dec­o­rat­ing the Arthur Foun­tain Stu­dio dress­ing rooms at the rear of the Plaza. A plaque will dis­play the pur­chasers’ names as an ac­knowl­edge­ment.

South Waikato District Coun­cil parks and prop­erty man­ager Greg Shaw said: ‘‘There are 186 old seats that still need re­place­ment and this project will be funded and pro­grammed in due course. Seat­ing Ser­vices took just 10 hours to re­place all the 134 new seats.’’

Mrs War­ring­ton said: seats are fan­tas­tic.

‘‘We have had pos­i­tive feed­back; although it was sad to see the old seats go. They were part of the orig­i­nal build­ing, so go­ing back to 1959 is some his­tory.’’

The Plaza has un­der­gone sev­eral re­fur­bish­ments over the years.

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