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Hey Matamata! This year is about you and one of your most important shared spaces - your town centre!

From January to March this year we popped up all over the show in Matamata to try and connect with people from all walks of life to understand your aspirations for your town centre.
 
All of the ideas your shared with us will help create a practical action plan for Matamata, will make a positive and noticeable difference for your town. 

What happens next?

  • April - Community champions workshops will help us refine the feedback we've received so far
  • April/May - Our project team will collate and analyse all the data
  • August - we'll bring an action plan back to the community

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We asked: Why do you come to the town centre?

You said:

We asked: What's missing?

You said:

I think a rollerskating rink with an arcade and cafe would be great for all ages. It could be used in all seasons and have more than one option of activity in the same place. During the day while kids are at school there could be roller exercise classes for adults and tiny tots classes. The venue could be hired out for parties and team-building events. Something for everyone.

I wish that there was more places for youth to hangout, that is not McDonald's or a children's playground. We need more outdoor activities. Such as Pop-up fairs, drive in movies, and in general more things to actually do in matamata. Something else is I think would be great is activity's in matamata that focus more on the creative sides of things, such as art classes, art gallery's etc.

I wish that there was more places for youth to hangout, that is not McDonald's or a children's playground. We need more outdoor activities. Such as Pop-up fairs, drive in movies, and in general more things to actually do in matamata. Something else is I think would be great is activity's in matamata that focus more on the creative sides of things, such as art classes, art gallery's etc.

pride inclusive, shopping mall, community gardens (around town) better rubbish system, colour, free outdoor exercise venue, animal park, (dogs) Petting zoo, (may not be permanent) Playground revamps (fit for all ages)

pride inclusive, shopping mall, community gardens (around town) better rubbish system, colour, free outdoor exercise venue, animal park, (dogs) Petting zoo, (may not be permanent) Playground revamps (fit for all ages)

mountain biking , horse riding and motter cross friendly track.

shopping mall - kmart
picnic tables
mini golf by the oak trees
big kids park
bay wave
outdoor movie night
movie thearte
camping ground - dog friendly
starbucks
mobility scooter race
night market
frisbee golf course
resthome help weekly
pony rides

mountain biking , horse riding and motter cross friendly track.

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mountain biking , horse riding and motter cross friendly track

A public playground/park for all ages to enjoy.

An arcade to spend time at

not enough for kids to do - would be awesome to have a bowling alley or mini putt

I come into Matamata for work. There is not enough for the youth to. A cinema complex or something similar is missing. Nowhere for the kids to meet other than McDonalds or the skatepark. A cinema similar to the one at Papamoa. A lot of people in my age group go there to watch movies. Some basic entertainment.

Things to entertain small children in the main streets so that the parents can enjoy themselves

Indoor sports centre well overdue.

Decent swimming pool where you can play a number of different sports. Lots of other smaller towns have decent indoor pools but not Matamata

We desperately need a cinema back. Families and youngsters have to drive out of town.
If it was possible we need a better shopping centre - all we have are cafes and real estate., People have to go out of town.

Ice skating rink or a roller skating rink please! Utimate frisbee course. Drive in cinema. Outdoor gym machines like in Cambridge.

Indoor, all year swimming pool with water play

Destination Playground for all ages

Natural play areas

Bush walks

Bike Skills Park and better bike paths

Eat Street / Pleasant environment for outdoor dining

Shopping.

We leave Matamata every Sunday for Tauriko/The crossing.
Pak n save for groceries and all the shopping/movies.

Community garden; done by volunteers or council

I'd love in door movies at Matamata

It would be nice to have somewhere quiet to rest on a break; I also would like something in town to feel more connected and welcome as a Māori resident

Art and culture, there is so much that could be emphasised in Matamata.

I am work in McDonald

Well, I can't see a place on your website about how to contact your project: I wonder if you are open to a formal process of consultation with the Matamata Historical Society volunteers? I am not a committee member but have been asked about this; my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are missing an area for our children. There is nothing in town for them. Other towns have destination
Playgrounds, pump tracks, mountain bike tracks (for the whole family) and dirt jumps. The community skate park is run down and doesn’t have a half pipe. The BMX track is unusable as there is no up keep. Why do we spend so much on statues and one way streets when we have nothing for our youth?

What’s missing is an indoor space for kids to hang out. If it’s raining there’s nowhere. Nowhere to have a birthday party and nowhere to safely hang out for young people. It can lead to kids doing some more risky and secret things. It would be great to have an arcade lazer tag. cinema. juice bar. Roller rink. Indoor bowls. Jump gym. Chick monks. Etc :)

We need a destination playground for children - the playground we have is definitely less than average.

Also build the atmosphere in the central town and take a leaf out of Greytown’s book - make it a destination town.

Get rid of the heavy trucks through town.

Vibrant playgrounds and a safe cycling network.

A better more interactive park for the children. Cambridge have multiple amazing parks for our children, where as matamata has 1 okay playground. Why are we not investing more into making Matamata an enjoyable place for our children

Family friendly places to meet up and socialise. Decent playgrounds for children of all ages. Events - food trucks and free live local music etc.

We leave town for a more toddler friendly playground, we find in Matamata that the playgrounds don't have a more interactive based play, and less of a variety for those between 5-10 years old.
Matamata businesses is a majority of hospitality industries, and the clothing stores available are more for an "older" generation therefore clothing stores that are for a "younger" generation are quite pricey sports stores or your average warehouse clothing and the only option for decent affordable clothing is only posties and community opportunity stores. (That is a personal opinion) however I do find myself having to travel out of matamata to be able to get clothing for myself/children or partner at more affordable prices in a town that could be upto an hour away.
Also growing up in Matamata as a "young teen" there was never anything or anywhere to escape to other than a park or the skate park that neither really had my attention nor did it keep me occupied in a sense that would benefit my future or time beneficially. I found that with nothing in our town that gives our younger generation the urge to be out of the house or off a screen and be part of the community, the only thing to be part of is unfortunately negativly influence, (i.e; theif, drugs, smoking, alcohol ECT. At a very young age) we need something in our town that is more interactive, more encouraging towards the future or just something to keep young minds busy, active, and just simply out there. I have noticed in this town that there has been opportunities implemented that never really lasted long or were to expensive for a child or parents to afford (i.e; Escape rooms, cinemas, mini-Minigolf, ECT). We need something in this town for kids to be more productive and proactive with their young creative minds to thrive on or just keep them busy and out of trouble.
I feel as though this town focuses more on tourist and travelers coming in and out of matamata which makes sense because we are a "quick pass by" town which explains why there is so much hospitality but there is barely anything in this town for those who are actually here. There is nothing in our town that actually stands out and makes people think "Wow let's go to Matamata" unless your coming for hobbiton but let's be honest once you have done that once there is a rare occasion that you do it again. Yes our town has a wide variety of older generation whom are retired and classed as upper class but there is still Alot of people in this town who can only 'just' afford to live here that do wish there was more to get out of the house, go down the road and Something is there but unfortunately there isn't much and if there is it is not really affordable. I've done every walk in this town, I've been to every park in this town, I've been a customer in every store in this town, I've even been a worker in some hospitality industries in this town and yet I still wish this town had more, For families, for children, for teens and just for the average person, I wish there was more because this town has so much potential it just hasn't reached it.

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We asked: What do you LOVE about Matamata?
You said:

The people

After school activities (dance, music, swimming, sports) Library, Pools, Shops (supermarkets, warehouse, op shops) Greenery

how friendly everyone is
the food shops
everything in walking distance

every body is very friendly and welcoming. it's a nice small town with a lot with greenery.

Mcdonalds, KCF.

I love how its easy to walk around the town center.

I like how clean the community is and is a safe place to live in

It is a really cool community. I am originally from Auckland, you could bump into someone there and nothing would be said. People of Matamata would stop and help you if you drop something. There is more of a community atmosphere in Matamata. It's a nicer environment to live in.

I love the small town vibe

We have a great community and a brilliant community paper.
Broadway is very well kept and I love the horse.

The flowers on the main street. Mainly independently owned stores and restaurants.

Library

Lots of small parks for a picnic (Neil Algar, Cent Dr, Tom Grant Dr, Founders, Firth Reserve

Market

A lot of it is around family ties, connection, being born and bred in the town

Family ties

I like the clean the public toilets in Hētana St

I like that there is a community feel. It does feel like it has a small town where everyone knows everyone.

The community, if anyone hears about anything your going through or struggling there is always someone that will show up at your door step to drop off food, drop off clothes, give hugs or just comes to support you and gives you a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear

We love Centennial Drive (as pedestrians/on bikes with the kids), the Scooter park at MM Primary, and the Hauraki Rail Trail - really wish it was easier to get to from within Matamata though.

Centennial Drive - but I wish it was for pedestrians only. And I wish it could be revitalized to include beautiful picnic and meet up spaces, community bbqs and so on.

Lots of trees and plants

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What do you LOVE about Matamata?

So much to love, right? 

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What you'd already told us...

In the last couple of years we’ve asked for feedback on several projects in Matamata, like the Hetana Reserve Master Plan, our Long Term Plan and more. 

We appreciate the people who take the time to give us feedback, and we want you to know, all of that feedback is also being used as part of this project. Read more to see the ideas we've already received

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