Update - July 6

Posted by Go Waihi on 06/07/2011

Into the second half of the year we go. Can someone tell me where the first half went? It was a bit of a reminder winter’s here with the first frost or two in the last week. There’s a few folk around with a cold or flu, hopefully it’s short-lived and you don’t spread it through the family, or even further. Shopping trolley handles, door handles and probably a few handshakes have the tendency to help in this department unfortunately. Good luck to Waihi College Netball and First XV Rugby sides with your trip and tournaments in Australia. Give it your best and spread the word about what a fantastic area Waihi is.

What a fantastic turnout for the Hikoi (walk) last Friday to wrap up the combined Waihi region schools Matariki (the Maori New Year) Celebrations. Beautiful weather, beautiful costumes and outfits, beautiful voices, it was just … beautiful! There was a month of studies with some great activities for the schools as well as the community to get involved with. To the organisers, the school teachers and pupils who took part and the community who got in behind this, well done, and we look forward to 2012.

Go Waihi’s July Business after 5 meeting is this afternoon from just after 5 pm at The Art Market with Kaylene and the crew there. We have the Labour Department confirmed to come and talk to us about the latest laws that came into effect on July 1st, and also April 1st, covering the new Employment Relations Act and employment agreements. We’ll also hear about the recently updated Holidays Act, covering cashing up holidays, proof of sickness or injury and transferring public holidays. There's the 90 day trial, union access, increased penalties for employers and more on the agenda, so it could well be worth being there. We’ll hear about the latest happenings at The Art Market, and get to catch up with other business owners and managers. If you can make it, just a quick email or call to confirm would be appreciated.

Waihi Sport N Action has their holiday programme set in place with a variety of activities, including badminton, soccer / football, volleyball, skating and basketball. This is a great way to try some different activities for the first time, or to give something another go that you enjoy. Either way you’ll definitely get some exercise. There’s just a small cost with each activity, and sometimes maximum numbers, so get in touch with Pauline at the Waihi Events Centre and book early so you don’t miss out.

Waikino School is the venue for a number of school holiday activities for primary aged school children, with craft and games days, a science morning learning how to get a rocket to fly and how to make a light work with play dough, football, zumba and netball on offer. The cost has been kept to a minimum with nothing over $7.50, and again there are limited places so get in touch with Waikino School office for information and to register.

Athenree Homestead is celebrating Orange Day and invite you to help them celebrate in Northern Irish style this Sunday between 1 pm and 3.30 pm. There’ll be Irish entertainment, lots of fun, and even some frivolity (I must look that one up but it sounds good). Dress up or wear something from their vintage clothing collection and get into the spirit of the era. Afternoon tea will be served and all this for just $10. Under 12’s are free. Remember there’s no eftpos for this fundraiser so take your cash. As always, all funds raised are put into the restoration work at Athenree Homestead.

I regularly get comments that there’s a lot that happens around here ‘for a small town’. Let’s spread the word! Whether it’s a regular event or a one off, if I’ve got it on file I can pass on this information, just make sure you include your contact details. The earlier I get your information the better, so don’t be shy in sending details to me.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: What happens if you get scared half to death twice?