Update - November 23

Posted by Go Waihi on 23/11/2011

A ‘bit of a breeze’ recently reminds us Spring isn’t over yet. Luckily we seem to be missing the worst of it. A settled weekend would be good! With the opening of the new Kopu Bridge coming up, I think we’re in for a busy time around the region. Will we see traffic lights in Waihi, new five star accommodation that’s been waiting for this drive forward from one lane thinking, and could we take tourists across it underneath as an added value attraction to their visit? At least less of a wait should be a definite this summer. So will there be more visitors with the easier access? Only time will tell. Let’s let them know what we have on offer and then keep enjoying it ourselves while we wait to find out. Remember to get out and vote!

ALL SMILES AND LOVING IT
Waihi Glee members have been together for 7 months and they love what they do. They’re holding an end of year show at the Waihi Baptist Church auditorium next Friday night, December 2nd. Starting at 7 pm the 12 to 18 year olds will be playing instruments, dancing and singing, performing items with a variety of musical styles from Bruno Mars to the Beatles. It’s open to everyone so get along, enjoy the show and support them. By the way they’re always happy to welcome new members.

ART ON THE GRASS
Waihi Art Centre and Museum’s Art and Craft Markets start on Saturday December 3rd, with another later in the month with more in January and early February. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy artisan food, entertainment and meet local artists working on site, all on the grass by WACMA in Kenny St. It’s on from 10 am to 4 pm with paintings, pottery, fibre art and lots of bargains too.

SPOT THE GIRAFFE
From Monday to Thursday next week see if you can find Harold hanging around healthy food in New World. There are prizes for three age groups from pre-school to 13. Entry forms are in store, so get on the healthy food hunt to win some fun prizes and a share of $200 in groceries with Life Education Trust.

SPEED LIMIT ½ KM, DON’T STALL – HAVE A STALL
That’s good for the clutch! We’re talking the Annual Waihi Christmas Parade coming up on Saturday 10th December, and the floats wending their way through town. Get on board; grab an entry form from Waihi Library, Harcourt’s Real Estate Waihi, Gold FM, Hauraki District Council Waihi office or download an entry form here. FUN’s the operative word, so let’s have some. Some stall sites are still available if you’d like the opportunity to make some extra dollars. Hmmm, Christmas is just around the corner … get in touch now!

SUNDAY STARTER
Sunday Karangahake Markets are back from 10 am to 2 pm, gazebos and all, beside where the new Karangahake hall they’re raising funds for will be built. There’s always a great variety of things on offer at these markets. The stall holders come from all around the greater area with everything from pickles and books to crafts, plants and produce so fresh it could have been picked that morning. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Waihi in the Karangahake Gorge, you could add a walk into the outing and enjoy some of this country’s best vistas.

CHECK THE CHECK LIST LIST
That’s the list of ‘to do’s’ before the Waihi Christmas Parade on Saturday December 10th. Let’s check. Invite Santa – check, he’s excited about coming back – he’s already ironed his red suit! Invites for floats sent out – check, just need reminding that pick up points are at the HDC Waihi office, Waihi Library, Harcourt’s Waihi, Gold FM and www.waihi.org.nz. Send out a call for stalls street side – check, contact Go Waihi, look below for contact details. Close the streets for best views close up of the Parade – check, great there’s lots of good vantage points for all the family. And there’s more to check yet.

DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
You’re invited to dress in vintage or semi-formal and enjoy Christmas At Athenree Homestead on Friday December 2nd. From 7 pm to 9 pm you’ll be treated to an evening of musical entertainment, festive food and drinks at the historic homestead, just off State Highway 2 on Athenree Rd. Tickets are $25 and limited, with all proceeds going to another stage of restoration. For more details call 07 863 4363.

HERE’S some THOUGHTS:

  • If we quit voting, will they all go away??
  • The more something costs, the further you have to send it for repairs