Sunday, December 7, 2008

The woes of Mataura

I prepare the newsletter for the NZ Federation of Historical Societies, called Keeping in Touch. Always hunting for bits and pieces of interest to my readers (the membership is made up of over 80 historical societies plus affiliates and individual members), I found this blog entry on some problems the township of Mataura have been having with regard to maintenance of their historic town centre, which is almost entirely owned by one American landowner.

The good news is -- there's been some progress as Mataura fights back.


  1. That was a great read Ice. Good when a town turns around and says NO WAY! I like the blog too. I should add it to the Real Town Blog links.
    Great Post thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for spreading the word about the problems we are having in Mataura.

    Prior to Christmas Jack Phillips put several buildings up for sale in the town. Some of the shops in the main street, the movie theatre, an old church (as featured on Campbell Live!), the squash club and the old Masonic Lodge.

    So we are currently looking for investors, or funding, so we can buy some of our town back and get our community moving again. If you or your readers have any suggestions for us here, please don't hesitate to contact me!

    In the meantime, there are lots of fantastic projects underway as we do our best to rebuild our community despite Dr Phillips. From our successful community market to free community events in our beautiful new community centre!

    Thanks again for spreading the word!

  3. You're welcome, kiwimeg. I'll do an update containing your comment, just to let others know what's been happening. Cheers.