Update - April 3

Posted by Go Waihi on 03/04/2012

The countdown is on for the long weekend, in fact I think lots have decided to get away early. We’re lucky that we’re already here! If you are heading away have a good time, take it easy on the busy roads, and if you catch too many fish, I’m happy to help out. We’re not short of things to do, and of course there’s the relaxed holiday atmosphere we enjoy all year around too. School holidays are underway, and we have 6 months until daylight saving returns. I hope you’re in for a great Easter, whether you’re visiting, having visitors or just doing your own thing, enjoy and take some time for yourself. Take care on the roads, and take a book and a rain coat, just in case.

That’s what they say a picture’s worth. In fact it could be worth a Sony Handycam if you were at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop and took some photos. We’re after some for the web, and we’re inviting amateur photographers to enter their best shots. To find out the details contact Go Waihi. And we’re happy to look at video of the day too. It’s the feeling on the day we’re after, the fun atmosphere, all the cars, the people and shops all dressed up, bands, drag racers and the crowd shots too.

If you want something to do this weekend here are a couple of suggestions. Saturday there’s the Waihi beach Art Group’s Art Exhibition between 10 am and 4 pm at Waihi Beach United Church Hall in Wilson Rd. With everything for sale, and a special team display of local artists’ paintings of New Zealand scenes depicting old farm buildings, it should be worth visiting. Then Sunday there’s the last Waihi Beach Fresh Produce Market in front of the new sheds at the start of Wilson Rd. There’s always a great variety of fresh produce, preserves, jams, baking, fresh herbs, fudge, free range eggs and more for sale.

If you don’t want to miss out book for walks you’d like to do during ECHO Walking Festival now. On between April 10 and 22, there’s been an addition or two because of heavy bookings, but we have maximum numbers for some walks so get in early. Based through the school holidays it’s a great way to see our back yard from the Kaimai’s to the Coromandel. We’ve chosen long and short, easy to hard, all have great views and guides who’ll explain the walk, and remember some walks aren’t open any other time. Brochures are all around the Coromandel, and walk descriptions are at echowalkfest.org.nz, where you can book as well.

We won’t be hearing that in and around Waihi with so many things on offer over the holidays. ECHO Walking Festival will be in full swing, and Waihi Sport N Action has a full programme on offer, at very reasonable rates. From Zumba to basketball, badminton to games afternoons, it would be a good idea to check out the programme and book early. Contact Pauline at Waihi Events Centre or phone 07 863 7295.

Starting at 10.30 am on Good Friday, at Waihi Beach School there’s a Giant Easter Egg Hunt with Waihi Beach Christian Centre. There’ll also be a clown, giant slide, candy floss, sausage sizzle, coffees for parents and loads of Easter eggs. This is for one to twelve year olds and it’s just $2 per family.

Saturday April 21 is the day for the Nugget Multisport Event in and around Waihi, with the Junior Survivor on the Sunday morning. If you’re entering any of the categories via the website you can put the code on the entry form and part of your entry fee will go to Waihi Sport N Action. They do a lot of the background work and it’s a good way of supporting them. Remember to get up to the Pumphouse to cheer them on as they cross the finish line.

My apologies for sending you to the wrong place last week for Waihi’s Community Choir practices. They are at Waihi Central School, Mondays from 6.30 pm until about 8 pm. They are still after new members, especially men, and welcome everyone who’d like to join them. Remember to take $3 each week to help cover costs. You can contact Angela on 027 6628826 for more information.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Before drawing boards, what did they go back to?