Update - October 18

Posted by Go Waihi on 18/10/2011

Three day weekends are a favourite of mine. With plenty on you don’t need to venture away to enjoy yourself. Welcome if you’re visiting us. We’re in the middle of Goldfest, with lots to do for all ages. Programmes are around town and you can also Download a Goldfest programme. We hope you enjoy your time here and leave with good memories and the thought of coming back again. Our website’s a great place to visit for things to see and do, along with accommodation options. Go the All Blacks this Sunday!

Go Waihi’s Stop, Shop and Win Promotion runs until October 31st. Make a purchase at participating local stores, put your name and contact details into the entry box and you’re just one step away from winning 1,000 $1 coins.

Goldfest doesn’t come together without lots of work in the background. Sponsors like MacMahons, HWE Leighton Mining, Newmont Waihi Gold and Trust Waikato are so important. With the Market Day and Trolley Derby we had lots of help. Thanks John Lockley Transport for your trailer / stage, HDC staff and Standfast Judo Club with the road closure, Karen Dodd looking after the stalls and Mary Carmine for your help, the Waihi Lions for running the Trolley Derby on the day, Alison Collings and Mike Thornton and the entertainers on the local’s stage, all the shops that took advantage of the Market Day, everyone in the Trolley Derby and you, for coming. If I’ve missed anyone please take this as a huge thanks. And the weather was pretty good too!

Good luck to Waihi, hosting their Annual Football Tournament at Morgan Park. Art Waikino’s Art Exhibition in the Victoria Hall is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with all art for sale. The Waihi Play Centre’s Pre Loved Toy Sale runs from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday at Waihi Memorial Hall. Victoria Battery Tramway’s 3 Day Open Weekend is worth checking out, and there’s Val Tubman’s Annual Home Art Exhibition. Waihi Beach Primary School’s Fun Fair has lots on this Saturday too. Get a Programme around town orDownload a Goldfest programmeand get into Goldfest.

Good luck with the gold and black themed Best Dressed Window Competition downtown, judging’s on today and tomorrow with ad packages from the Waihi Leader and Gold FM to be won.

Eyes have been perusing shop windows intently lately. The Guess the Number of Crunchie Bars Competition has been very popular, and with $100, $75 and $50 vouchers from New World Waihi to be won, it’s obvious why. Entries close at midday on Tuesday, so you’ve got plenty of time to enter. Remember there are lists of all the shops participating in several shops through town, and you should start at New World and go as far as the visitor centre.

The 11th Annual Art Waikino Art Exhibition is open between 10 am and 4 pm daily over Labour Weekend in the Victoria Hall. This is worth putting some time aside to visit, and all art is for sale. Congratulations to the five category winners and the overall Supreme Award winner. Find something for that wall.

Saturday 22nd October, head for the Waihi Beach Primary School Fun Fair and soak up the atmosphere. From 10 am to 2 ‘ish they’ve organised a great fundraiser with entertainment, the Water Walker ride, silent auction, raffles, market stalls, food and refreshments, carnival rides ... and some other stuff for kids. There’s a good start to the weekend.

The Victoria Battery site at Waikino is open all weekend between 10am and mid afternoon with guided tours of the underground kiln and tunnel and tram rides on the narrow gauge railway too. A lot of history at your doorstep.

Also on Saturday 22nd October, it’ll be like toy heaven in the Waihi Memorial Hall with the Waihi Play Centre’s Pre Loved Toy Sale. Between 9 am and 1 pm you can choose from all the donations of toys, games and puzzles, ride-ons, your kids’ favourites and maybe even some old classics you remember. Not just for the kids.

The Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists guest speaker at the Waihi Museum Gallery on Wednesday, 26 October, is archaeological conservator Brigid Gallagher. Her subject is archaeology - it’s everybody’s history. You’re welcome to join them at 7.30 pm, and supper’s included in the $5 cost.

We’re gearing up for another Christmas Parade on Saturday December 10th, and we’ve just had confirmation that Santa, some of his elves and possibly even Rudolph will be there. Entry forms will be out soon, so start thinking about your float. Whether you’re a sports club, a church group, a school, a business or a bunch of friends, we want you aboard. It’s always a great day so stick it in your diary, or in your mobile, and we’ll see you here.

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Don’t waste the whole day, laugh at least once.

Don’t waste the whole day, laugh at least once