Update - June 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 15/06/2011

It’s back to reality with a full five day working week again, and I hear the second school term is about half way through already. I guess with the wet weather recently, we should look at the upside in that it hasn’t been too cold. OK, a little, but no sign of a frost yet … or have I spoken too soon. Wow, this time next week the shortest day will be behind us. Great to see the Waihi football side having a home game or two, this weekend they’re at home against Tokoroa so if you get a chance head along to Morgan Park on Saturday and cheer our local lads on. Kick off’s at 2.45 pm. And remember to support the other codes as well with the likes of netball, rugby and the college sports teams – they’re in Katikati today with their interschool sports day so hopefully they’ll have some good wins and claim the bragging rights in this strongly contested local derby. Go Waihi!!

The combined schools Matariki Celebrations continue with an open invitation for the community to join them at the Waihi Community Marae next Tuesday the 21st between 4 pm and 8 pm. There’s plenty on, with performances from local schools, the Kahurangi Dance Theatre, all sorts of Maori kai, demonstrations of weaving, stick, string and poi games and traditional Maori games you can take part in. Entry’s just a gold coin, and remember there are spot prizes and crafts on display too. Don’t forget you’re also invited to be part of the hikoi, or walk, starting at 10 am at Gilmour Lake heading to the Pumphouse on Friday July 1st.

Waihi East’s Monster Garage Sale is next Saturday, the 25th, starting at 8 am at the school. They’re still after more donations to help them raise funds, so if you have something you’d like to give to a good cause, take it along to the school office during school hours. This is an important fundraiser for the school, so if you can help out they’d really appreciate it.

That’s slightly different to the Rotary Club of Waihi’s Car Boot Sale coming up this Sunday, but hey, there might be some camping gear for sale!? Weather permitting things get underway at 8.30 am in the Waihi Memorial RSA car park, and there’s always a good turnout of people selling fresh produce and home made goods, and who know what else? Best idea is to head along and have a look for yourself, and if you’d like a site just turn up with $6. This fee goes to Rotary and is used for local community projects.

Just a reminder that the Annual Market Day and Trolley Derby is coming up on Saturday October 8th, so now would be a good time to start piecing your racer together. Some go for comfort, others go for speed, and then there are those that go at their own speed and have a good time. The day’s all about fun, so get a bunch of friends together and see what sort of amazing contraption you can come up with.

These folk do a great job at the historic Victoria Battery site just 8 kms towards Karangahake Gorge from Waihi. They’re open on Wednesdays and Sundays at present, and will extend those hours and days if they can get a few more volunteers on board. Drivers, guides, behind the scenes, whatever you’d like to do I’m sure they can help. You don’t need any experience, and it doesn’t matter if you can help for an hour or so or a day or more, they’d love to hear from you. Call Mike on 863 6169 and have a chat.

The annual Waihi Blast Duathlon is coming up at the end of July and entry forms are out now. There’s a long and a short course, both based around our unique Martha Mine, and you can enter as an individual or as a team. For details and entry forms contact Pauline at Waihi Sport N Action in the Waihi Events Centre, or download an entry form at www.waihi.org.nz, and good luck with the training.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: All people smile in the same language.