Matamata Chronicle

Their memory and sacrifice will live on

Lt Tim van de Molen  acted as army escort in three Anzac Day services. Pictured with wife Hilary and daughter Isobella ...

In the dark, cold morning air of dawn, Lt Tim van de Molen acts as the New Zealand Army escort for the Matamata Anzac service.

Debrief likely on flood protection

Paddocks were underwater after the Piako River breached its banks.

OPINION: Financial impact of weather event yet to be felt.

Two serious crime incidents for Matamata police

The Matamata-Piako two-person police prevention unit, prevention supervisor Blair Hayde and prevention officer Aimee ...

A stabbing and smash and grab were two major incidents for Matamata police.

Setting the pace in mini motocross

The Lang siblings Penny, Percy and Hazel are making their marks in the Mini Motocross champs across the North Island.

Matamata motocross champ winning stacks of trophies and accolades.

Built to last but left to ruin

Department of Conservation will be left to decide the fate of the Ngarua Hall.

Community halls well past their use-by date in Matamata-Piako.

Stew stands down as Federated Farmers chair

Stew Wadey has stepped down as chairman of Matamata Federated Farmers.

Feds inject some young blood into rural leadership role.

Actress coaches Matamata thespians

Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Donna Rafferty in Dirty Laundry.

Even experienced thespians need training in how to fine tune their stage skills. 

Flooding pulls rural community together

Flooding damaged many properties in the Matamata-Piako district. People are only now coming to terms with the damage.

Neighbours have become friends, as the rural community strives to move forward after floods. 

Athletics helps Ollie battle arthritis

Matamata student Ollie Morton-Farrelly hasn't let a rare health condition stop him from winning track and field medals ...

Rare arthritis condition no barrier for young student winning track and field medals.

Swifts win 4-1 in the rain

Swifts Chris Walker, right, scored his fifth goal in three games.

Swifts score two wins over West Hamilton United in wet conditions.

McRae's embrace Anzac spirit

Kelly Clow (nee McRae) with her father Robin McRae and grandfather Peter McRae. They have all served in the New Zealand ...

'There are things I saw that are burned in my memory forever.'

College volley ball performing well

Matamata College won the Waikato Volleyball Championships, and from there placed 12th in the first division in the NZ ...

The Senior A Volleyball team has shown a few injuries won't prevent them from playing at their best.

Sweet career change

Reporter Rexine Hawes with Sweet Treats owners Denise McIndoe and Danielle Ratcliffe.

Reporter finds her niche in cake decorating - but remains in journalism.

Holocaust testimony a life-changing experience

Massey High School teacher Saskia van Waargenburg originally from Matamata, attended Yad Vashem Holocaust Centre, Israel.

Visiting the World Holocaust Remembrance Center has changed a teacher's life.

College team heads to Argentina

Matamata College Argentina rugby tour vice captain Chase Pauro and tour captain Graeson Tanirau.

After two years of fundraising, the Matamata College rugby tour side makes its way to Argentina.

Musical talent runs in the family video

Jade O'Brien won junior overall at the Red Star Country Music Awards.

Young Matamata singer is heading to the NZ Country Music Awards.

Hinuera struggle against Leamington

Bradley Leuthard sets up play down the right wing.

Hard day at the office for Hinuera over in Leamington.

Community celebrates a century

Siua de Thierry, Eli Howard, Jiraedo Blackhall, Nga Huia Ihaka Te Amo, Ruby Dickson, Rima de Thierry, Andrew Ganas, ...

Wardville/Wairere School and District celebrated 100 years.

Lawn care advice now available in Matamata

Understanding what makes a good lawn is a passion for Mark and Linda Amos.

A good lawn adds greatly to the visual appearance to a house, but it needs tender loving care.

Matamata performs well at Ag-Teen

Don Smitstra shows his tractor driving abilities. He and team mate Rory Mclaren placed second in the Ag-Teen agriculture ...

Agriculture is more than getting your "hands dirty".

Fifty years of Christian camping

Totara Springs staff are preparing for the camp's 50th birthday celebrations.

Totara Springs has been hosting Kiwi kids on camp for half a century.

Hobbits and cops impress deputy PM

Hobbiton managing director Russell Alexander with deputy prime minister Paula Bennett, Lindsay Tisch and Tim van der ...

Paula Bennett makes first visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

Small beginnings to multi-million dollar company

Keith Cooke is chief executive of Reid and Harrison, a company which takes Matamata to the world.

What was started as an engineering workshop in 1947 has grown to be a multi-million dollar player in the dairy industry.

Birthday celebrations for Hinuera School

Hinuera School student Roy Tiddy, 11, with mayor Jan Barnes, planting the centenary tree.

Students past and present celebrated Hinuera School's 125th birthday.

Michelle wrestles her way to gold

Michelle Montague, on track to make the Commonwealth Games next year.

Michelle Montague takes gold at wrestling champs bringing Commonwealth Games step closer.

40-years of collecting to be auctioned off

Bill Troughton at the 2016 Agricultural Fieldays on his 1950 Lanz Bulldog tractor.

A tractor which needs a shotgun shell to start it is among a massive vintage machinery collection going to auction.

Stay engaged with Health Rivers plan

Waikato Regional Council  chairman Alan Livingston.

OPINION: More than 1000 submissions received for Health Rivers plan.

Future of water fountain remains uncertain

The Petersen water fountain in Matamata.

Will there be a resolution over the future of the Petersen water fountain in Matamata?

Dishonesty offenders apprehended

More people are installing home security cameras to help police catch crooks.

An increase in home CCTV and solid reporting has helped police in identifying offenders.

Choking off the choker

Climbing spindleberry's ripe berries ready for the birds to spread.

It came to New Zealand as a garden ornamental but is now strangling our trees.

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