Matamata Chronicle

Taine's Tuck Shop

THE CREW: Cousins James Lawrence and Taine Morrissey ready for business at Taine's Tuck Shop.

Matamata teenager Taine Morrissey has taken over the busy pie shop at Bedford Park to raise money for the para swimming nationals.

Man with hammer robs Challenge Matamata

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A man carrying a hammer assaulted a female staff member at Challenge Matamata on Saturday, before demanding cash and fleeing in a stolen car.

Pohlen par excellence

Thoroughly deserved: Tui Priest (front left) and Judith Challis (front right) of Pohlen Hospital with some of the regular users of the outdoor exercise and rehabilitation facility.

Matamata's Pohlen Hospital has taken out a double win at a nationwide aged care awards.

Food savvy seniors

Matamata couple John and Jan Mott attended the Eat Well - Live Well course two years ago.

Seniors in Matamata won't miss out on the healthy food buzz thanks to a free programme called Eat Well - Live Well.

Vote to have a say


Only 41 per cent of the Matamata Piako voting population voted in the last two local body elections - make your vote count this year.

Hope takes to sky

Yellow dotted the skyline on Friday as Matamata marked Daffodil Day with the release of hundreds of balloons.

Toast to Coke

Coke promotion David Young, centre, with New World Matamata owner Matthew Hart and Coke representatives Natalie Harrison and Andrew Drummond.

A truck driver for J Swap is set to tour Argentina with the All Blacks after winning a nationwide competition.

Booze bus empty

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Matamata police are pleased at the result of a drink-driving sting that found no drivers to be over the legal breath alcohol limit.

Fert drive this Sat

Matamata Lions Kevin Curtis, Murray Davidson, Peter Love and Trevor Potter prepare for the annual fertiliser drive.

Matamata Lions will be out in force this weekend for their second major fundraising event of the year.

Guilty plea for attack

Judge issues first strike warning

A Matamata cop knocked unconscious by a drunken, angry pub patron says it hasn't put him off his job or the town.

Lucky number 10,000

Matamata Community Health Shuttle's 10,000th passenger Leone D'Ott, with chairman Garry Stanley, operations officer Wally Henderson and support volunteer Jan Counsell.

The Matamata Community Health Shuttle passed a major milestone last week when it transported its 10,000th passenger.

Font deemed too small

Candidates must fix signs

Matamata-Piako local election candidates were given 11 days to fix the size of the font of their signs after the anomaly was picked up by a mayoral candidate.

Creativity encouraged

Wairere School students Isabella Logie, 7, and Sidnee Hayward, Kate Mulder and Ericka Landar, all 8, entered the Matamata District Digi Awards.

Primary and intermediate students from across Matamata are set to attend an awards evening to rival the Oscars in a finale to the Matamata District Digi Awards.

Second generation AB

Tom Taylor during his All Black debut.

Tom Taylor was struggling to breathe, but not to smile, after completing a composed All Blacks debut that spoke as much about character as class.

Town painted red

Red spots appeared all over Matamata on Friday in support of Red Nose Day for Cure Kids.

Health help for kids

In most ways five-year-old Kaiya Miller is exactly like any other new entrant at Matamata Primary School, except Kaiya struggles with a life threatening condition.

Band camp a blast

Matamata College students (from left) Ella Hawe, Jessica Schweizer and Bettina Schweizer have been selected for the National Secondary Schools Brass Band.

Matamata Brass is producing some serious young talent and they are starting to make their mark on a national level.

Nominations in

Fight for mayor's seat

Five people, including four incumbent councillors, have thrown their hats into the ring for the vacant Matamata-Piako mayoralty.

Top famine fundraisers

TOP FUNDRAISERS: Back from left: Blair Pearce, Charney Rooza (World Vision), Ashlynne MacWilliamntsTnte, Aleisha Hadwin (World Vision) and Locryne Tiddy. Front: Caleb and Sarah McDonnell.

Matamata Intermediate students combined their efforts to raise more money than any other Waikato school for this year's 40 Hour Famine.

Crash shock factor

Matamata College SADD committee members act out a serious crash for their peers.

Matamata College students were faced with a sense of realism last week after the annual SADD mock crash.

Selection 'icing on cake' for fullback

Matamata College First XV fullback Logan Allen will play in black, red and yellow this season.

Ladies give back

Ladies' Luncheon 2013

The seventh annual Ladies' Luncheon to raise funds for the Pohlen Hospital New Wing Project was a sell-out success.

Jobs to be lost

Metso to shut its doors

Close to 30 people will lose their jobs when Metso (Matamata) permanently closes operations in December.

Chance to make history

A book, similar to the Green Dragon guest book pictured, will have names of Gatehouse contributors recorded for display.

Matamata people have the chance to be part of the town's history by financially supporting its traffic-stopping Gatehouse.

From UK to China

Chris Pevreal, originally from Matamata, and Laura Glasgow pictured before visiting Anzac Cove.

Four months, 22 countries, 20,000km and a van called Chezza. What a journey.

Taiwan next for Brooke

Matamata's Brooke McNamara (centre) after being crowned Miss Bikini Universe New Zealand.

A young stable worker from Matamata is to compete for the world title of Miss Bikini Universe in Taiwan.

Following Sir Ed

Matamata's Angela Hampton after reaching Everest Base Camp, more than 5000 metres above sea level.

It was almost a misadventure but Angela Hampton's recent trip to Nepal proved some things aren't meant to go to plan.

Support uplifting

Inner Wheel member Carol Metcafe and Chronicle receptionist Carol Bennett take stock of the hundreds of bras donated.

Hundreds of bras donated by local women have made their way across the Pacific Ocean to help the women of Fiji.

Champs hit right note

Matamata Brass at the New Zealand National Band Contest.

It has been 16 years since Matamata Brass last attended a national competition - and it has been well worth the wait.

Chance to recycle more

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Matamata residents will have more opportunity to recycle when a wheelie bin service is introduced later this year.

50 years of daffodils

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Daffodil Day is coming and help is still needed for the first ever Balloons of Remembrace event.

Bus blown over

St John's Ambulance

Extreme and rare weather phenomenon known locally as the ''Kaimai Buster'' blows over school bus.

Fan's writing gave pleasure

Editor Katrina Tanirau writes a farewell to the Chronicle's honorary sports reporter Steven Samuels.

Police focus on prevention


Car thefts, burglaries and family violence are a main focus for a new crime prevention team.

Water supply extended

Raungaiti properties to be connected

Matamata Piako District Council has received $284,250 from the Ministry of Health to help fund a water supply extension to Raungaiti.

Stanley in the running

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Councillor Garry Stanley has put his hat in the ring for the mayoralty of the Matamata Piako District Council.

Teen flees cops

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A Matamata teenager turned his headlights off and sped away when police caught him doing burnouts.

Teen poachers fined


Two Waikato teenagers originally charged as part of an illegal poaching ring have been fined after admitting to stealing two deer.

Fuel prices hurt wallets

Petrol, fuel, gas

Petrol prices have reached a record high, with national prices rising 11 cents per litre in the last month.

Toward smokefree 2025


Matamata Piako District Council is being encouraged to introduce smokefree policy for public places.

Settlement a done deed

There were joy, tears, applause, and hundreds of photos taken as Ngati Haua's final Treaty of Waitangi settlement was signed on Thursday.

Legal highs banned from dairies, supermarkets

The Psychoactive Substances Act went into effect at midnight last Wednesday, banning the sale of legal highs from all dairies, supermarkets, service stations and licensed premises.

Matamata police are keeping a close watch on local stores to ensure they are complying with new legislation that forces synthetic cannabis off shelves.

Close contest in final

Club rivalry was at its finest when the UMS Chiefs went up against the Morrinsville Stags in the under-10 Grade final on Saturday.

Stars of courage

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Four Matamata children diagnosed with cancer will soon have a part of the night sky to call their own.

Paper trail leads to trees

Hinuera School students Declan O'Sullivan, Oliver Assen, Liam Smart, Mwaka Nchivvia, Niamh Holten, Amelia Hunt, Chloe Lowe and Beth Walker.

Hinuera School students are leading the way when it comes to looking after the environment.

Boosters to age 7

Child safety advocates support move

Child safety advocates are welcoming a law change to increase the age limit for mandatory use of child car restraints from 5 to 7.

Rise less than expected

Spread will vary across district

Matamata-Piako District Council's annual plan for 2013/14 was officially adopted on June 26, with a final rates increase of 2.53 per cent.

Cadets excel at comp

Matamata St John Youth junior team, Nicholas Woolliams, 9, Jessica Lowe, 10, Anna Johnson, 11, and Loki McGregor, 9, with their medals.

Matamata St John Youth cadets last month displayed an impressive knowledge of first aid skills at a district competition in Tokoroa.

Teacher humbled

Sue Dawson with her nomination certificate.

A popular teacher nominated for a national teaching award says all teachers have something special to offer.

Slow down please

School zone speed limit

Concern for the safety of school children has prompted the Matamata Piako District Council to impose a reduced speed limit outside Hinuera School.

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