Matamata Chronicle

Hearing for dairy factory expansion

A map showing the location of the Open Dairy Country factory and the residential area of Waharoa.

Community and dairy factory prepare to have say over factory expansion.

Support network 'huge plus' for farming

Friends have been ringing to congratulate award-winning Tirau sharemilker Phillip van Heuven.

"It took a while for it all to sink in. It's such a major accomplishment."

Waikato man drought

The last Waikato man to win Rural Bachelor and lift the Golden Gumboot was Jeff Peek in 2014.

It appears there may be a lack of competitive men in the Waikato.

Libraries in the digital era

Dr Ursula Edgington recently visited a number of libraries in the South Island to see how well they were connected to ...

Opinion: Has there been enough investment to bring out libraries into the digital era?

One more national title for Hinuera

Stu Settle delivers a bowl at the Mixed Pairs Championship on Sunday.

It has been a fantastic week for the Hinuera Bowling Club with gaining another National Title.

An emotional launch of Trillian Trek

The Edwards family: Bronson, Raegan, Daniel, Talia and Tamzyn.

Trillian Trek uses Matamata home to launch its 2017 campaign.

Matamata cowboy heading to Australia

Kurtis Pertab, started out in rodeo riding calves.

Kurtis Pertab is a living, breathing cowboy from Matamata.

Matamata Brigade are Waterways NZ Champions

The Matamata Fire Brigade four person team won the Nationals Waterway Challenge in Carterton.

Hours of training helped propel a Matamata fire crew towards a national title.

Public to have say on retention of public fountain

Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes.

Council heads to public consultation over the future of Matamata's memorial fountain.

BMX show helps open school's track

BMX dirt rider Nico Groenendijk helped open the new bike track at Walton School.

Kids get their cycling fix at Walton School.

Coopers Run meets country music idol

Michael and Ashley Tipping meet international artist LeAnn Rimes.

A major NZ music festival was the opportunity for a country singer to meet her music idol. 

Community rallies after fire guts home

A fire fully destroyed a house in Inaka place, Matamata earlier this year.

January 25 is a day that will always be etched in Ethel Wilson's memory. 

Police warn lock it or lose it

Matamata-Piako Police prevention sergeant Blair Hayde.

A number of burglaries in the area have Matamata-Piako police warning the community to lock it or lose it.

Love of feathered friends inspires artist

Anitra Murphy is the Matamata Society of Art, Artist of the Month.

Anitra Murphy loves her art work to be as accurate to real life as possible.

Children's book on WWI survivor

Chris Little with Tortie, the tortoise, recognised as the oldest survivor of WWI.

WWI survivor shares her story with children.

From a clump to a model

Fiona Tunnicliffe of Putaruru creates pottery sculptures of horses and other animals in her art studio.

Members of the Matamata community are invited to take part in a clay modelling workshop with well known artist Fiona Tunnicliffe.

From journo to master craftswoman?

Rexine Hawes, during a Reporter Challenge at the Matamata Men's Shed, with David Brocklehurst.

Men's Shed volunteers risk it all by allowing reporter to pick up tools.

Community response helps police make arrests

Matamata-Piako police prevention sergeant Blair Hayde.

Arrests result of community and police working together.

Lending a healing hand through holistic health

Claire Broughton was an adult student, working to become a holistic health therapist.

It's never too late for a career change - to become a holistic health therapist.

How a paint test pot can help feed a family

Cpt Shaun Baker and Amanda Lemont with the 297 cans of food for the Salvation Army that Matamata Resene collected in ...

Paint company and generous Kiwis brightening the homes and lives of others.

Dedication to community gets awarded

Murray Davidson was awarded the Diamond Jewellers Cup for Patroller of the Year.

Murray Davidson has been rewarded for his efforts with the community patrol.

Conquering my first Tower Run

Matamata Chronicle reporter Rexine Hawes conquered the 40th annual Tower Run and she has the medal to prove it.

Rexine Hawes completes her first Tower Run - and has the event's 40th anniversary medal to prove it.

Kick off the year as a CAB volunteer

Matamata CAB volunteers Angela Archer and Colin McDonald.

Was your news years resolution to try something new, or give back to your community? 

Daniel's hard work earns him a $25k scholarship

Daniel Lansdaal has earned himself at $25k scholarship to Waikato University.

Computer whiz, hockey player and music enthusiast Daniel Lansdaal (18) has received a University of Waikato Te Paewai o te Rangi scholarship worth up to $25,000.

Caleb secures a place in coveted swim squad

Caleb Lawrence has won the Rotorua Legend of the Lake swim, as part of the NZ Ocean Swim Series.

A Matamata boy has just earned a place in a coveted national junior swim squad.

Search is on for junior footballers

010415 SURROUNDED: Ronan Costello is surrounded by red and white defenders as Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts took on ...

Matamata Swifts AFC is promoting registrations for the 2017 junior football season.

Tower Run ideal setting for a team challenge

Business manager Lisa Burch and head equine nurse Dot Hallyburton, are part of the equine team, who will take on the ...

For one Matamata business, the Tower Run is not just a fun community event, but the perfect setting for a bit of rivalry.

'Liquorice lolly' style a fashion winner

The Supreme Winner of the Fashion in the Field event was Belinda Green, from Pokeno.

Sunny weather provided perfect conditions to mix the races with fashion.

Killer entertainment at Concert by the Lake

Rotarian Lynette Stanley with The Lady Killers, from left, Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and far right, Suzanne Lynch.

Entertainers shed some sunshine over Matamata's Concert by the Lake.

Esk Valley's taste enough to satisfy the palate

Simon Wood continues his column, Wood on Wine and Beer.

Opinion: Old-world wines of Esk Valley prove to be popular option for those looking for something new and different.

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