Update - April 18

Posted by Go Waihi on 18/04/2012

What a great run of weather over the school holidays, and I wasn’t even on holiday. Typical! It almost makes up for the summer that really wasn’t weather wise. Let’s hope for more of the same for a while yet. Mother’s Day is coming up, so now you can’t say you didn’t realise. And good luck as a lot of winter sports kick back in after the school holidays. Here’s to a short, mild and not too damp winter.

Wednesday 25th April is ANZAC Day and there will be a parade from Waihi Memorial RSA up to the Waihi Memorial Hall starting at 10.45 am. At 11 am there will be a service in the hall which is open to everybody. Following the service wreaths will be laid at Waihi Cemetery. You’re invited to take part in these commemorations, in memory of all those who fought for our country. Lest We Forget.

The ECHO Walking Festival has been very popular this year with increased numbers throughout. There are still some fantastic walks to come over the next few days so if you get the chance get a brochure, or go to www.echowalkfest.org.nz and check out the walk descriptions and then book on line. For the keen tramper there’s the 4 to 5 hour Orokawa Bay William Wright Falls Walk tomorrow, and on Sunday we wrap up the festival with a dog friendly walk along Waihi Beach. There are several other walks too, and they’re all guided and free, but hey, we’re happy to take donations to help cover the brochure and website costs.

Photos: Conveyor Belt Boogie - Kit Wilson, Newmont Waihi Gold

Conveyor Belt Boogie

Conveyor Belt Boogie

Waihi and Waihi Beach tomorrow will be full with cyclists, runners, kayakers and supporters as The Nugget Multisport Festival takes place. From ANZAC Bay, up the coast to the North End of Waihi Beach, to Waihi’s iconic Pumphouse there’ll be plenty of action for spectators, and it’s not too late to enter either. Download an entry form - put in the password displayed and part of your entry fee will go to Waihi Sport N Action, who help with volunteers and the like. There are 5, 10 and 21 km run / walk options, along with the half and full Nugget. Good luck if you’ve entered, and remember to get up to the Pumphouse to see them all head down the finishing shute if you’re a spectator.

This is always a great morning for the kids, and there are lots of spot prizes to be won too. They start with registrations at the rugby grounds on Kenny St at 9.15 am with the race getting underway at 10 am. A slippery slide, commando course and lots of water all lead the children to the big finish up at the Pumphouse, with some pretty puffed parents there as well, trying to keep up with the kids. Pick up an entry form at the Waihi Event Centre or call Pauline on 07 863 7295. Good luck.

What sorts of skills would make school leavers in our district more employable? Waihi business owners and managers can have a say at Go Waihi’s Business After 5 meeting on Wednesday May 2 when we get together at Waihi College. The college wants to improve what they teach students so they are better prepared for the working world, rather than just preparing them for university studies. Have a think and come along with some suggestions. We’ll also have an update on the Hauraki Rail Trail from a business perspective. We’ve invited Peter and Carol from the Rail Trail along to talk about opportunities that may well present themselves as the Rail Trail approaches the Waihi district. And as usual there’s the opportunity to catch up with others in an informal setting. Email or call Go Waihi to register.

If you’ve played tennis before and would like the occasional game but don’t want to commit to anything too serious, Waihi Tennis Club’s Wednesday Social Tennis could be ideal. Grab your racket and head along for some games between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. And their Junior Tennis for 18’s and under is on Monday afternoons from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Take your racket and $2 and you’re away. They’re always happy to have more parent helpers too.

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