Update - July 13

Posted by Go Waihi on 13/07/2011

Well here we are, it's only July and local senior rugby is at the end of the season already. I know it was brought forward to fit in with the RWC but it feels kind of strange. Good luck to all the codes playing this week, whether it’s netball, football, rugby or another sport, I hope you’re enjoying your season. Remember to get along and cheer on our local sides if you can, it makes a big difference having that support with the home games. Wow, here come the school holidays again too!

I’m getting some bookings for events and activities that are happening in Goldfest right through October, and would like to hear about lots more too. So if you, your group or club, or business would be keen to have an event, get in touch and let’s see if we can include it in the mix. Variety is what we want, not only for the children and young adults, but adults as well. I’m putting the programme together now, so please touch base soon with even the outline of what you’d like to do and we can go from there.

Waihi is an ideal place for visitors to base themselves if they want to see games in Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland, being just an hour and a half maximum away from these cities. And as for accommodation prices, I think we’re very good value compared to some towns and cities. We’ll get a lot of people visiting and passing through here and with so much to do right on our doorstep we’re in a prime position to tap into this market, whether they’re here for the rugby or not. We’re looking at the possibility of adopting a second country (after the All Blacks) for the Rugby World Cup, and I will hopefully have something more on this in the next week or so.

Have a look at www.waihi.org.nz for all the latest pictures of the Waihi combined schools Matariki Celebrations, including the Community Celebration at the Waihi Community Marae and the Hikoi to the pumphouse recently. It’s a good site to keep up to date as a local, and for anyone you know who’s thinking of coming here to visit to find out what’s happening, where to stay and what sorts of things we have on offer while in our region. I’m also after more photos that depict our area (from the Karangahake Gorge, through to the beach and also Whiritoa) for the gallery, so if you’ve taken some pics, send them through.

Is it really the third Sunday of the month coming up? That means another Rotary Club of Waihi Car Boot Sale then. What treasures will be for sale at the Waihi Memorial RSA car park on lower Seddon St? Best you head there for the start, weather permitting, at 8.30 am. If you’ve got some home made produce or goods and would like a site, just turn up with $6 and be part of a fun morning. It’s great that the fee gets used for local projects by the Rotary Club.

Our 4th Annual Trolley Derby is coming up. This has grown each year and is pretty popular with not just the children, but adults as well. It’s a lot of fun, and the whole family can get involved. Whether you want to cruise the course or go for the fastest time, we want you aboard on Saturday October 8th, as part of our Goldfest Market Day. So dust off last year’s effort and see what needs to be done, or start from scratch with a new project. We’d love clubs, groups and businesses to compete, and have also put the challenge out to all the schools in the area to build trolleys during the third term. Entry forms will be out with details soon.

Tomorrow night you’re invited to St Joseph’s for a concert. Music Director Wella Tasma has combined the students, who’ll play instruments they’ve been learning this year, with the Waihi Women’s Choir and the Miscellany Ensemble for an evening of variety. There'll be everything from Abba to Beethoven, and even a couple of Spanish numbers to help get us through winter. Be there early for a start at 6.30 pm tomorrow, and they’re just asking for a donation to cover costs.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Why do people who snore always fall asleep first?