Update - June 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/06/2011

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Hold on to that thought, ‘cos there’re a few months between that one and the next public holiday at Labour Weekend in October. Town was busy, there were some great events on over the weekend and we got to do a few outdoorsy things if we wanted as well. Now it’s time for the shortest day / longest night and then the short haul back to daylight saving at the end of September. Still, we’ve got plenty happening around the region to keep us busy. If you have something on let me know about it, I regularly get inquiries asking what’s on.

This Saturday night is your opportunity to see the end result of some very interesting art pieces as they go on display down the catwalk and back again with Plunket’s Arty Bra Fundraiser. To refurbish their rooms they’re running this fundraiser at the Waihi Beach Community Centre from 7.30 pm with a fashion show, auctions and of course the Arty Bra’s will be worn by some rather game gents who’ve offered their services to be models. It all adds up to a great night out for a fantastic cause, so head for Ebony Fashions at the beach, or La Diva in Waihi and get your $10 tickets early. Remember it’s cash on the night as there’s no eftpos. Door sales will be available, if all tickets don’t sell beforehand, want to chance it?

It’s been great to see the progress in the centre of town with new shrubs and plantings going in recently. It’s going to look fantastic once they’re established. PLEASE, remember not to walk through the shrubs. The council’s added more walkway gaps across the median strip, so let’s use those and let the plants grow.

Recently Go Waihi gave a donation to Waihi Lions as thanks for their assistance with the road marshalling during Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop. We recently received a letter thanking us for the donation, and to let us know they were passing that money on to the Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance Appeal. I’m sure you’ll agree that that’s a very worthy cause, one that could benefit anyone at anytime. Thanks Waihi Lions, well done, and we’ll see you at the Trolley Derby during Goldfest.

Last Friday almost a hundred people went out to ANZAC Bay for a dawn viewing of Matariki, the Maori New Year. The combined schools Matariki Celebrations continue with a community celebration at the Waihi Community Marae on Tuesday the 21st between 4 pm and 8 pm where there’ll be a range of Maori kai (food) and crafts, traditional Maori games, local entertainment, spot prizes and the Kahurangi Dance Theatre performing. All this for just a gold coin entry. And remember you’re invited to take part in the combined schools hikoi (march) from Gilmour Lake to the pumphouse at 10 am on Friday July 1st. There’ll be waiata (songs) and presentations from the schools as well.

I’ve been told the tickets for the Waihi Beach Op Shop Ball will sell VERY quickly. They went on sale yesterday so I’m guessing you’d better be quick if you’d like to go along to the Waihi Beach Community Hall on Saturday night, July 9th. They’re having an international theme this year with all proceeds going to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Tickets are available at Hammer Hardware in Wilson Rd at the beach for $35, with bookings for tables of ten required.

Waihi East School has a Monster Garage Sale coming up and they’re after donations of suitable goods. Why not have a look around your place and see if you can help them out with their fundraiser. Please drop off any donations to their school office during school hours, and then get along on Saturday June 25th and support their fundraiser if you can.

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