Robyn Gallagher

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It’s all good in the ‘hood

I’m very excited, cos I just found this article on the Herald’s website:

P-lab found in old dairy factory

Police have found a methamphetamine lab at the old Matangi Dairy factory.

Waikato police found chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, or P, at the factory east of Hamilton.

A specialist Auckland P-lab team has been called in to investigate the factory and the area is being guarded by armed police.

See, this is where I grew up. My house was about 500m from the dairy factory. Of course, back in the ’80s Matangi was a bleak, dull place. Back then it would have been really exciting to have the crack Auckland P-lab team swoop down on the place. (But, man, my mum would have worried.)

I don’t even know what Matangi is like any more. When I moved to Hamilton in 1992, Matangi was slowly filling up with “lifestylers” – the sorts of people who worked in Hamilton and lived in the countryside. But maybe it’s gone all ghetto now.

I think I’ll have to write some hardcore gangsta rhymes about my childhood.


  1. Hey there,
    Our company has recently moved to the matangi dairy factory, the place is still peaceful and still a little old country town, i used to live just down the road from there till we sold our house.
    The factory has changed alot, although it does need a bit of a paint job here and there but its coming together nicely, so i thought to give you a little up date about the old matangi area.

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