Update - June 29

Posted by Go Waihi on 29/06/2011

We’re definitely on the right side of winter now. The days will slowly get longer, the washing will stay on the line with the wet weather and frosts are very late and just starting to appear, which is kind of strange. The tail end of La Nina could be kind to us and we’ll have a mild, and hopefully short, winter. It’s interesting to see the new plantings through the centre of town settling in and starting to take off already after just a few weeks. And it looks like we’re just about over the leaf fall too. One or two more good winds and Adam and Eve may be looking elsewhere for their minimal clothing requirements.

Walking, singing, smiling and having fun are all on the list this Friday with the combined schools Matariki (the Maori New Year) Celebrations continuing with a Hikoi (walk). There’s an open invitation for you to join the schools when they meet at Gilmour Lake at 10 am for a start at 10.30 am, heading up to the Pumphouse with waiata (songs) and also some presentations from each school after the walk at the Pumphouse. What a great way to wrap up over a month long celebration. Hope to see you there!

The start of another month sees the Rotary Club of Waihi hanging out the flags at their next Car Boot Sale this Sunday. These mornings are really popular, with the Waihi Memorial RSA car park full of treats, trinkets, treasures and bargains, all looking for a new home. And for just $6 you can have a site too. Just turn up with all your goods so you can have your table, trestle or car boot ready for when things start at 8.30 am, weather permitting. Remember proceeds from that inexpensive fee go towards Rotary projects in our community.

With the start of another month comes our next BA5 meeting for business owners and managers. Next Wednesday, the 6th of July, we’re meeting at The Art Market at the top end of Seddon St. We’ll get to meet their staff and hear about the latest happenings and goings on there. I’m also hoping to have a representative from the Department of Labour along to bring us up to speed with the new Employment Relations Act and employees employment agreements, which comes into effect on July 1st. If you’d like to join us please let me know by emailing or phoning your confirmation through.

The Blast Duathlon with Waihi Sport N Action gives you the choice of entering as a team or as an individual. You also get to choose whether you take on the long or short course. Then it’s just a matter of how much training you want to put in for this unique course running, pardon the pun, around the rim of Martha Mine and enjoying our amazing countryside while doing the riding leg as well. Entry forms are available at the Waihi Events Centre and you can also download them at www.waihi.org.nz. Are you up for the challenge on Sunday July 31st?

And they’re off and racing this Saturday night at Waihi College with another horse racing derby night raising funds for the senior netball and rugby teams travelling to Australia for their tournaments. The night’s a lot of fun and tickets are only $15, or you can get a table of 10 together and pay just $10 a ticket. This includes a complimentary drink and nibbles, and yes, eftpos will be available on the night, great if you’re on a winning streak!! Good luck.

With the second school term coming to a close soon, I’m keen to hear about any activities happening in and around the region that are on over the holidays. Whether it’s for locals and/or those visiting, it would be good to let people know so send your event details through to me at the email address above, we may be able to help spread the word.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left over from those who got there first.