Update - September 6

Posted by Go Waihi on 06/09/2011

We live in a fantastic place and with the weekend coming up people will be heading our way to ‘get away from it all’. We’re just lucky to already be living here. Remember to allow for the influx on our roads. We’ve already noticed an increase of overseas visitors in town, and with our central location a lot are looking at basing themselves around here as they venture out to see our country and a few games of rugby possibly too. When you think Waihi’s only an hour and a half to Auckland and Rotorua, an hour from Hamilton and Tauranga, we’re pretty well positioned as a central spot for about half of New Zealand’s population and some of our biggest cities.

Waihi Beach Memorial RSA hosted the finals of Waihi’s Got Talent with Go Waihi and Gold FM last Friday night and what a great show. The winners were Jayke Hopa, Lucas Barakat and Jack Schuler in the Juniors, Renee Claxton and Bryn Cotton-Tait in the intermediates and James Rotohiko and Hayden Silberer won the senior section. $1,000 went to each category winner for a school project and they also got $200 vouchers. Well done if you entered. Here’s to 2012.
See some photos of the finals on Flickr.

Go Waihi’s Business After 5 meeting this week (Wednesday 7th September) at Falls Retreat. We’ll see their new restaurant, complete with wood fired pizza oven, and also have a look at the accommodation and the grounds. Brendon Crompton, Police Bluelight National Manager, is coming to talk about the work they do. We’ll bring you up to speed with Goldfest and it’s a good chance to catch up with other Waihi business owners and managers. Please RSVP if you can make it.

It’s all on for year 5 to 8 school children with a basketball competition at Waihi College on Wednesday afternoons with Waihi Police Bluelight. You don’t have to have played before, and it’s only $5 for the 8 week comp. Get there for a start at 4 pm, or call Sterling Huett, Youth Aid Officer for more info on 07 863 3713.

We’re gearing up for a month of FUN through October with Goldfest in Waihi. Programmes will be out mid September, and you can be assured there’ll be something for you, no matter what your interests. Sports, entertainment, trolley derby, competitions, our market day with sales and specials, rides for kids and local entertainers performing are all coming up. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’re guaranteed to find gold when you go gold panning, and there is a model boat day at Gilmour Lake with yachts, ships, steamboats, warships and more. These can be 2 or 3 metres long.

Not the wheels of your trolley I hope. Our Annual Waihi Trolley Derby with Go Waihi and Waihi Lions is coming up on Saturday October 8th, along with our Market Day. There aren’t many rules, but you must have FUN, that’s rule No. 1! Kids and kids at heart, businesses, clubs, groups, schools, church groups, families and individuals, this is your invite. Don’t be a ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda’ person. Be a ‘been there done that and doing it again’ achiever. There’s your challenge!
Download a Trolley Derby entry form.

The Victoria Battery Tramway and Museum Society is a long title to a fantastic hidden treasure Waihi has just heading into our Karangahake Gorge. In its heyday this area had a population larger than Hamilton, and there are some amazing remnants left for you to have a look at. Volunteers (they’re always after more) will show you around the museum and kiln tunnels, and you can explore the area at your leisure. Take a picnic, on a fine day you can also enjoy a train ride on their small track train. They’re open on Wednesdays and Sundays, by appointment for groups and all across holiday weekends.

We’re gearing up for the international rugby tournament with flags galore through Waihi and the region. Take a look around town, there are lots of businesses with them up in their windows, and I’m hoping we’ll see lots more outside waving in the wind too. Add to the flavour with some thing to support the All Blacks if you can. Dress up your street, house, car and person - within reason, and let’s get in behind our team.

Art Waikino’s 11th Exhibition is on over Labour Weekend at the historic Victoria Hall in Waikino, and entries are already starting to come in. Always very popular, there are five categories this year; art, handcraft, photography and photography of people, together with contemporary mosaic art for the first time. Entries into the last category have closed, but you still have time to enter the other four. It’s only $5 per entry and entry forms are around Waihi, or you can download the entry forms here.  You can phone Helen on 07 863 6974 as well. With everything for sale, it’s always a very popular event over Labour Weekend.

Waihi Athletic Rugby Club had the pleasure of hosting the first ever outside TV broadcast in New Zealand. They also have some of their club members appearing on TV at the moment promoting the RWC. Yes, that’s good old Waihi supporting the team. If you’ve had anything to do with the club over the last 51 years then get in touch. They have their reunion coming up over Labour Weekend and want to hear from coaches, players, managers, ball boys, the guys who paint the lines on a Saturday morning, bar staff and committee members, those who wash the jerseys; basically anyone who’s had anything to do with the club, to join them for three days of celebrations. For registration forms contact Chook on 07 863 8675.

Here's a Challenge. Set for October 8th and based out at Dickey's Flat, there're 5 categories from a 7 km run/walk to the ultra Marathon, so you can choose your level of difficulty.
Find out more on the XTERRA Trail Running Challenge.

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