Matamata Chronicle

Matamata man flying the alternative flag

Derek Lugton prefers the alternative flag as it can't be mistaken for the Australian flag, like the current one can.

Derek Lugton is flying the alternative flag from a pole and his car.

Cancer battler Kate Diprose can start school

Kate Diprose will be swapping her hospital school for 'normal' school soon.

School is a novelty for cancer battler Kate Diprose, 7.

Tower Run registrations available

12012016 News Photo Scott Hammond/ Fairfax NZ
Fence south of Havelock on SH 1
over the years people have hung old footware on a farmers fence.

Run, walk or jog down to the Matamata Chronicle office for your registration form.

Fantasy comes true for former jockey

Ballymore co-trainer Chad Ormsby enjoyed his sixth rodeo on January 24 at the Kimbolton backyard bullride.

Chad Ormsby takes his mind off horse racing by being thrown around by bulls.

Tourist numbers unaffected by roadworks

Matamata-Piako District Council CEO Don McLeod, Mayor Jan Barnes, NZTA regional advisor Janene Moodie and transport agency representative Harry Wilson are confident that the Broadway roadworks have little disruption to tourist visits and local businesses.

 Matamata's i-SITE, which organises Hobbiton tours, is bustling with tourists despite roadworks on the main drag.

Woman hooked on dairy farming

The Dairy Woman Network co-convenor for the East Waikato group, Suzie van Heuven, with some of the calves she raised on the farm she and husband Alex are 50/50 sharemilking on.

Matamata sharemilker Suzie van Heuven could not imagine going back to working in town.

Scream for swimmers

Local swimmers will be racing for prize money and pride at the Matamata swimming carnival.

Matamata swimming club members will be wanting to represent their club proudly at their carnival in February.

Matamata woman not chicken about studying

PIANZ chairman Adrian Revell presents Dahook Azzam with her 2015 Poultry Trainee of the Year award.

A Matamata woman is cracking on with more study after winning a poultry award.

Merv King recognised with Rotary honour

Merv King holding his Paul Harris Fellow medal and sapphire pin.

Matamata's Merv King can add a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin to his list of achievements.

Police want to work with community to prevent further graffiti

The Matamata-Piako two-person police prevention unit, prevention supervisor Blair Hayde and prevention officer Aimee Searle, are working with mayor Jan Barnes and local businesses to get rid of graffiti on Broadway businesses and prevent further instances.

Graffiti on Broadway businesses will be banished, with free removal offered by a local businesses, and the police and Matamata mayor are working together prevent more.

Rarity of war memorial highlighted

The opening of the Te Poi War Memorial Hall in 1922.

Te Poi War Memorial Hall is one of the oldest war memorial halls in the country – and something of a rarity.

Improvements ahead of Rotary concert

Ineke and Peter Thissen on their renovated pontoon. The stage floats on the couple's lake and will see a number of top entertainers perform on it as part of Rotary Matamata's Concert by the Lake on February 21.

Changes have been made to the location of Rotary Matamata's Concert by the Lake.

New Year baby born at Pohlen Hospital

New Year's Day baby Molly Nelis with her sisters, from left, Harriet, 3, Meah, 7, and Elsa and mum Rose.

Little Molly Nelis was waiting for a special day to arrive.

Record year for Hobbiton

Hobbiton is having a record year, doubling its staff to cope with a 40 per cent rise in visitors.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours is having its busiest season ever. Only those who have booked via the internet are guaranteed a guide each day.

Woman takes on burglars

A Matamata woman's new year got off to a rocky start when a burglar broke into her house and assaulted her.

A Waikato woman was assaulted as she saw off two burglars from her home.

Unwanted presents dumped at after-hours drop-off bins

Matamata-Piako District Council has noticed an increased in non-complying rubbish at the after-hours sites recently.

Matamata-Piako District Council is increasingly worried about the types of refuse dumped at afterhours drop-off bins.

Matamata iwi signs AIP with Crown

Minister Christopher Finlayson arrives at Hinerangi Tawhaki Marae to a haka powhiri.

Ngaati Hinerangi have taken a step closer to settling its historical Treaty claim.

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