Update - April 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/04/2012

Wow, it was another brilliant weekend of weather to wrap up the school holidays, and the Nugget Multi Sport Festival and Junior Survivor went really well with the fine weather conditions. We really are enjoying a great autumn so far. ANZAC Day was commemorated very successfully around the Waihi district, and it’s always good to see the younger generations getting along and marking a very important day. We certainly owe those soldiers a lot. It’s nose to the grindstone time for schools with the second term getting underway. And we have just over a month before we get a short working week and a 3 day weekend with Queen’s Birthday on Monday June 4.

UPSKILLING SCHOOL LEAVERS FOR LOCAL EMPLOYMENT
At Go Waihi’s May Business After 5 meeting you can literally have some input into the direction our colleges and high schools take, as they review what skills they teach their senior pupils so they’re more employable by local businesses. This is happening nationwide, and we’re asking Waihi business owners and managers to have a think about what skills you’d like to see more of, so when they do leave school there are more opportunities for these young adults to stay in our community and find work. We also have Carol and Peter from the Rail Trail talking about progress and what sorts of business opportunities could, and will, arise when this arrives. Waihi business owners and managers are invited to register with Go Waihi – a quick email or phone call won’t take long - and join us at Waihi College this Wednesday May 2, just after 5.

ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL THANKS
With around 33 walks in total after adding extra walks after the ‘fully booked’ signs went up, the ECHO Walking Festival committee has been really pleased with the increase in the number of people taking part this year. We’ve strived to offer a variety of walks suitable for most people, and the response has been fantastic. The committee would like to thank everyone who took part, as well as all those people who allowed us to go across their private land so we could get to walk in some really unique places. Also huge thanks to all the guides who walked and talked their way around these walks, your local knowledge really made a difference. Now it’s back to the drawing board for Year 10 and some new walks along with some of the best from this year. Winners of the photo competition will be notified soon, and you can see a lot of the photos on our website, www.echowalkfest.org.nz.

MOVES & GROOVES AROUND WAIHI
Just a quick update on some shop movements around Waihi, as there’s been several recently. At the top of Seddon St you’ll find Export Meat Warehouse, who opened their doors last week. A block further down is Delight, Candles and Bath, with a great selection of home made candles, soaps and bath products. Betta Electrical has moved around the corner into Rosemont Rd beside the Post Shop, and La Diva has expanded their women’s fashion shop, taking the shop that became vacant next to where they were. We also have a fresh fruit and vegetable shop opening soon in Seddon St.

B AND B BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
This time B & B stands for badminton and basketball, and an offer for juniors to get involved with Waihi Sport N Action. Junior badminton starts at the Waihi Events Centre this Monday between 3.30 pm and 5 pm. Take $3 and a heap of energy and you’re away. Rackets are provided. And starting on Tuesday there’s junior basketball. You can enter as a team or as an individual and they can place you in a team. This is also on between 3.30 pm and 5 pm at the Waihi Events Centre. To find out more call in, or ring Pauline on 07 863 7295.

YOUR BLOOD PLEASE
The New Zealand Blood Service will be at the Waihi Memorial Hall between 1 pm and 6 pm this Monday April 30. If you’d like to donate blood contact them on 0800 GIVE BLOOD, that’s 0800 448 325, and make an appointment. It only takes about an hour, and your donation could save up to three lives. Blood only lasts about 35 days once in storage so they are constantly needing to replenish stocks, so whatever your blood type, they’d appreciate your donation.

GOLDFEST CALL UP
I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, and it must have hit a nerve. I’ve already had some inquiries about the Trolley Derby and one or two people making contact about events they’re planning. I’m starting to formulate the programme and am after anyone wanting to hold an event or activity to get in touch - nice and early. Anything that’s happening around our region during October can probably be included. So if your group, club, church, business or bunch of friends would like to be part of Goldfest, think about something you can put on to add to the festival and get in touch. I don’t need all the details just that you are working on things. Then I can start to map out the programme.

TALKING HERBS
That’s the general idea when the Herb Society meets. They’ll be getting together again on Sunday from 2 pm at the Salvation Army Hall at the top of Seddon St if you’d like to join them. They meet on the last Sunday each month, and often have demonstrations and talks about plants and herbs, companion planting and gardening in general. Call Kelly for more information on 863 7271.

FILL IN THE GAPS - EARLY
Go Waihi is a great way to spread the word about events and things in general that are on or coming up around the Waihi district. We can help let people know via this website, and also through our column in the Hauraki Herald. We send out press releases and are in touch with a wide range of people and organisations. We’re a good central point for people to contact so they know what’s happening and when. That way we don’t get too many clashes, and it also helps when we get calls asking us what’s on. You tell us and we can tell others. It’s a simple and pretty successful recipe, but we do need to know in plenty of time so we don’t miss deadlines. This is a ‘gentil’ reminder to get the basics in early, and then you can fill in the gaps with the details as they are sorted. What have you got to lose? Contact Go Waihi.

HERE’S A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS:

  • When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing!
  • What you are, not what you have, is what makes you rich.