Update - December 13

Posted by Go Waihi on 13/12/2011

Wow, what a mixed bag of weather on Saturday, but it didn’t stop people from coming downtown to enjoy our Christmas Market Day and Parade. What a great turnout, thanks for making it another fun, successful day. The floats were fantastic and everyone on them really enjoyed themselves. And the crowds had a great view of all the floats from close up, which is a huge bonus. Hopefully with all the sales and specials through town you should be well on the way with your Christmas shopping. And Santa said to say a big thanks, he really enjoyed his flying visit and will be back you know when. Waihi’s community spirit is alive a well!!

Back this Sunday from 8.30 am is the last Rotary Trust of Waihi Car Boot Sale, for 2011 that is. For a good start to the day head to the Waihi Memorial RSA car park on Seddon St and bargain hunt amongst all the stalls and car boots. With everything from fresh produce to nik naks and treasures, it’s worth checking out. You may even find that something for that someone for Christmas. To have a stall, turn up with $6 and a smile. It’s weather dependent, and the fee is used by Rotary in our own community. Next one’s mid January.

The CBD in Waihi has a definite festive feel to it with the recent addition of Christmas lights through town. And well done to the shops that have added their light displays. They look great and it’s definitely worth a drive downtown after dark on more than one occasion before Christmas.

Have you got some lights up that the public can see? Give me a call or email me at Go Waihi with details of where, and possibly what you’re display is of, and I’ll let others know. From small to large displays, it’s neat to drive around checking out the hard work that goes into setting these up. If you’re putting some lights up, see if you can incorporate a street view.


If you’re visiting our area, on your own that day, or just want to go along, you’re invited to Waihi’s St James Presbyterian Church Open Door Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. It’s on from 11.30 am and is totally free. You’ll be well looked after by the volunteers, and will definitely enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch. And if you’d like to volunteer to help out call 07 863 8316.

Now’s the time to look at shopping locally in stores that have supported you over the year. A lot of our businesses get in behind local events, groups, clubs and people, and it would be nice to see some return support. We have a great mix of shops with an excellent variety of product lines and services, at reasonable prices. Add in the free parking, and it seems strange some folk would want to spend a day travelling to other towns and cities to buy what’s available here, in their hometown.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Mental floss prevents moral decay.