Matamata Chronicle

Can tourism replace dairy?

Hauraki Rail Trail is proving a popular tourism drawcard. Work is underway to extend a trail from Te Aroha through to ...

Matamata-Piako continues to look closely at broadening its economic base to compliment the contribution of dairying.

Spinners bowl Hinuera to victory

Hinuera take first win of the year against neighbours Morrinsville.

Spin bowling the key to first victory in 2017 for Hinuera.

Final call for Short and Sweet entries

Matamata Dramatic Society member, Colin Kemplen, in a production from 2014.

Can you turn a 10 minute conversation into an art form? 

Art's a medium where there's more to learn

Patricia Win has her art work on display at Westpac this month.

Matamata woman Patricia Win teaches art but says it's a subject where she's always learning something new.

From penciled house plans to virtual tours

Peter Vossen has been recognised for 25 years as a Master Builder.

Father's order to "go out and find a job" sends Peter Vossen on a career spanning 40 years.

Top honour for longest serving firefighter

Matamata Deputy Fire Chief Warren Feek is the recipient of a Queen's Service Medal.

A long-serving Matamata firefighter is the recipient of a Queen's Service Medal.

Holding New Zealand together

Matamata's The Boltholder founder Peter Thissen along with directors Lisette and David Hulme.

A multi million dollar company based in Matamata holds New Zealand together one bolt at a time.

Lady Spring gets the key to the city

Neil Gibbs, Briar Carr, Denise Williams, Joanne Morgan, Mike Buckman, Lady Spring, Sue Whiting, Robin Burr, Sandra ...

A very well known and respected local has been honoured with a very rare gift. 

How charity shopping can spread Christmas cheer

Kate Adams, Matamata Hospice store manager says there has never been a better time to donate goods or buy from Hospice ...

With Christmas coming, there has never been a better time to donate goods, or give a little cash.

Christmas Open triples played at Matamata Bowling Club

Matamata Bowling Club Christmas Tournament.

On a glorious sunny day with little wind, the Matamata Bowling Club held their Christmas Open three bowls triples tournament. 

Humbling reaction to leadership announcement

The Matamata College 2017 school leaders Awhini Pearce and Kaleb Reid and deputy leaders Talia Parker and Benjamin Lincoln

College leaders ready to take on the challenges ahead in 2017.

Childhood friends receive college top honours

Matamata College students Daniel Lansdaal was named 2016 Proxime Accessit and Tayla-Jay Dearlove was named 2016 Dux.

Two childhood friends have had the honour of recieving top honours at the college awards night.

Big spike gives team division two win

The spike by Te Aorere Wharawhara which gave the Matamata College Junior A volleyball team the final point to help them ...

Junior A volleyball team score second division win in the capital.

Opinion: Behind the Scenes with Claire Ashton

Waikato writer and film-maker Claire Ashton.

Opinion: Waikato writer and film-maker Claire Ashton gives readers an insight into New Zealand's movie industry.

Enterprising students help family in India

Matamata Christian School room three students Ruby Prebble and Brianna Cane with a photo of a family in India with a ...

Enterprising primary school students' project helps family into business in India.

Hazel is making tracks and a huge impression

Mini motocross rider Hazel Lang is leading the Pukekohe Summer Series and is currently second in New Zealand for her age ...

Hazel Lang is racing ahead in the national motocross rankings.

Where the rubber meets the road

Peter Howland is retiring from the Beaurepaires business he and wife Janice have run for over 30 years in Matamata.

After more than three decades of keeping Matamata rolling along, Janice and Peter Howland have decided to sell up.

Makeup artistry career born of artistic flair

Candice Herbst working on a makeover for friend, Morgan Edgar, who would not normally wear makeup.

Honey, cocoa and food colouring are the best ingredients to fake a cut to the arm.

Fighting fit and ready for another round

Michelle Wellington says despite being full of nerves, will box again in 2017.

Matamata mum's ready to step into the ring again, after surviving first exhibition boxing match.

Fay Harbottle inspired many young dancers

Faye Harbottle, Matamata dance teacher.

A woman who dedicated her life to dance taught many aspiring students over the decades.

Post Section of the Open Men and Women's bowls

Frankton Junction Bowling Club players, Ashleigh Jeffcoat(S); Noeline Hancock(3); Toni Roberts-Hislop(2) and Kerrie Lupson.

Post Section of the Open Men and Women's provides exciting bowls action.

Wheels start to turn on Firth's cycle track

Principal James Eldridge and Thomas Pilmore-Evans on the almost-completed Firth Primary School cycle track.

Firth Primary School is preparing to launch its school cycle track. 

Couple head new backpackers in Matamata

Damian Bardoul and Lauren Hilhorst manage the new Matamata Backpackers.

Matamata Backpackers accommodation opens doors in time to catch busy summer tourism season.

Cake and games for 100 years of cubs celebration

Matamata Cubs,  Riley Ganley, Troy Pederson, Max Tarrant and Lucas McBurney, can't wait for a slice of cake to mark 100 ...

Matamata cubs got the party mood last week, celebrating 100 years of Cubbing worldwide.

From the news desk to the runway?

Rexine Hawes was challenged to experience being a glamour model.

Chronicle Reporter Rexine Hawes discovers what it takes to be a glamour model in our Reporter Challenge series.

It's a shoe-sized box of joy

Mikayla Collings and Rangimaria Turner with the Operation Christmas Child boxes their school is donating to the ...

How can a shoe boxed sized present make a difference to a child in poverty?

You want oranges? We've got 'em!

Wairere Primary won over 4000 oranges on a Facebook competition and will be selling the fruit as a fundraiser.

Hundreds of chins will be sticky with juice after one rural school won over 4000 oranges.

Literary project brings good friends together

Storytime with Aunty Dolly.

Two friends are working on a very special collaboration. 

Musical family to perform at Country Club theme night

The Stewart family will be performing at the Matamata Country Music Club monthly family night

A well known and talented musical family will be performing at this months Country Music Club night. 

Hinuera looking for first win

Hinuera Cricket Club batsman Antony Marsh, during his team's one day, 50-over match against Hamilton Boys' High School, ...

Hinuera looks to third round to claim its first win of the one-day cricket competition.

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