Matamata Chronicle : June 12th 2013
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Every year students from around the Matamata area wait in anticipation to take part. Last year's tournament was cancelled due to continuous bad weather. The annual tournament, which has become a permanent fixture on the Matamata schools' events calendar, saw students showcase their skills on the hockey turf, netball court and the rugby field. For the first time soccer was introduced to the competition. More Cotter Cup photos pages 4 and 19 Council gives centres cash By STEVE EDWARDS Information centres are the big winners in Matamata-Piako District Council s proposed budget for the next financial year. A $450,000 extension to the Hobbiton- themed gatehouse in Matamata received a $150,000 loan and $50,000 grant, while a new $160,000 home for Morrinsville Infor- mation Centre got a $100,000 boost. Matamata Public Relations Association manager Sue Whiting said the popularity of the Hobbiton movie set has created a huge crush in the information centre. We need more space. The proposed extension, with $250,000 coming from the PRA, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. While the council considered delaying its contribution by a year, councillor Bob McGrail said the opportunity may not be there in 12 months . The council received 120 submissions on its draft annual plan, heard at a special meeting in Te Aroha on June 5, with a proposed average general rates rise of 2.41 per cent moving to 2.6 per cent. Major funding applications getting a thumbs-down included $400,000 for seal- ing Waterworks Rd, Kiwitahi and $370,000 for work on changing sheds at Morrinsville public swimming pools. Morrinsville Community Board sug- gested the council finish the job off at the Morrinsville pools after recently spending $900,000 on the complex. Mayor Hugh Vercoe said the council simply ran out of money to include work on the changing rooms. An unexpected and significant increase in Morrinsville pool fees also raised concern from submitters. Morrins- ville Swimming Club said this would have to be passed on to members, while also questioning why Morrinsville fees have to be aligned with Matamata. The council said user charges at Morrinsville meet 13 per cent of pool costs, with rates funding the balance. Museums in Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha have in recent years collectively received $30,000 from the council, but this has been reduced to $8000 each. Applications by both Te Aroha & District Community Hos- pital ($16,000) and Pohlen Hospital in Matamata ($25,000) for remission of pan charges were turned down. iPad to help kids stolen Still smiling: Ellie Kurth at Middlemore Hospital. Photo: SUPPLIED By NICOLA STEWART firstname.lastname@example.org. Every week three-year-old Ellie Kurth and her mum Anna get in the car and drive from Wal- ton to Middlemore Hospital in Manakau. Ellie was born with a rare condition known as Cutis Aplasia, meaning she had skin missing from her head. In the last few months she has been having weekly procedures to repair scarring left by the condition. Visits to the hospital can be frightening for a preschooler, so a play specialist is often there to help keep her distracted. Ellie s favourite thing to do with her specialist is playing Dora the Explorer on the iPad -- but during her last visit she could not. The iPad there to distract and reward kids like Ellie was stolen from the Kidz First Hos- pital at Middlemore. There are some unbelievable people out there who just don t think about what they do and how it can affect so many peo- ple, Anna said. Anna has since taken it on herself to raise money to rep- lace the iPad and by Friday had collected more than $400. Several businesses ran auc- tions on Facebook, including a photo shoot by Anna s photogra- phy business RubyandMarie, which when the Chronicle went to print had reached $220. Anna will be presenting a cheque, provided by ASB Mata- mata, to the Middlemore Foun- dation this Friday. She aims to raise $1000 and any support from the com- munity would be much appreci- ated. Donations can be deposited into 12-3437-0013158-00.
June 5th 2013