Update - September 20

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/09/2011

We sure have had some true Spring weather around the region lately, four seasons in one day, and a few extra occasionally. The RWC has thrown up an interesting competition with a couple of upsets, and visitors are definitely having a good look around. Let’s make them feel at home. It’s interesting hearing all the different languages, and seeing the smiles of all the supporters who’ve come to New Zealand, and it’s great to see lots of Kiwis smiling too. There definitely is a good feeling around, and long may it last.

Hauraki District Council is celebrating the International Day of the Older Person in Waihi on Monday September 26th. If you’re 55 plus, you’re invited to Waihi Library at 1 pm to learn about computers, e-books and audio books. Then at 2 pm next door in the Waihi Memorial Hall you can enjoy afternoon tea and learn some healthy living tips. Older people contribute to society in so many different ways, and this demographic is growing. This is a great way to acknowledge their input. If you’d like to go, register with HDC.

There’s something for just about anyone to do during the school holidays coming up. Young and young at heart are well catered for with lots of ‘give it a go’ sports days with Waihi Sports N Action like surfing, basketball, tennis, hip hop dancing, badminton and a multi sport day too. We’ve got family fun days with the Hidden Treasure activities day, the very popular Amazing Race based on rugby around the world, the sand castle building competition is back again, and we have carving and taiaha lessons for all ages and experience. Then we have the gold panning, where you’re guaranteed to find gold, and the very popular gecko display is back too. That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. Best part is, a lot of this is free, and the rest is very cheap to take part. We’ll have the programme out soon, stay tuned! Remember with Goldfest, rule number one is to have FUN.

It’s our annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions, and it’s FREE!!! Saturday October 8th during Waihi’s Goldfest Market Day downtown, the trolleys will be heading down Haszard St from 12.30 pm. Are you game? Can you handle the corner into Seddon St? Will you clock the fastest time? Want to have some fun? Are you between 5 and 105? Then get an entry form at the Waihi Library, Waihi Hauraki District office, Gold FM or at www.waihi.org.nz. Did I mention it’s FREE??

Waihi Lions need some hay bales for our Trolley Derby to line parts of the course. Returned afterwards, they’re just needed on Saturday October 8th. We’re after the standard small square ones. If you can help out please give Kevin a call on 07 863 5730.

That’s one way of describing our Goldfest Market Day on Saturday October 8th. Shops are gearing up with super duper specials, there’ll be stalls with lots of interesting items to add to the mix, and then there’s you. Would you like a stall? We’re inviting stall holders to get in touch (contact details are down below). It’s a great way to fundraise, and it always amazes me at the variety that we get every year. Numbers will be limited, so get in touch sooner rather than later.

Strange as it may sound, each Goldfest Go Waihi puts up 1,000 $1 coins in a Pot of Gold. Yes, $1,000 has to be won in our Stop, Shop and Win Promotion. Here’s the rule. Shop in Waihi at participating stores during October and you’re in to win!! Yes, that’s it. Just fill out your contact details when you buy something, and good luck in early November when we announce the winner. Wouldn’t that be nice to win just before Christmas?

This is going to be a great night for Years 4 to 8 at the Waihi Baptist Church. Entry’s just a gold coin donation, and for $2 there are drinks and a sausage sizzle too. It’s on October 7th from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, with spot prizes up for grabs too.

With over 500 people last year, Waihi Baptist Church is running this again on October 31st, as an alternative to Halloween. It’s a fun, family friendly dress up party at the Events Centre. Last year there was a bouncy castle, face painting, carnival challenges and lots more. I wonder what they have planned this year?

This is always great to add into your Labour Weekend agenda. Five categories vying for the overall Supreme Award – Art, Hand Craft, Photography of People, Photography of Other Than People, and Mosaic Art (this category’s closed), will be on display and for sale in the historic Victoria Hall.
Entry forms can be downloaded, found around town, or you can call Helen on 07 863 6974.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Some people believe anything … if you whisper it.