Update - December 19

Posted by Go Waihi on 19/12/2012

Well we’re all set for a good summer I’d say. Christmas Parades around the peninsular have been pretty popular with good turnouts of floats and crowds, and there’s a neat feeling of the festive season, holidays, catching up with friends and family, having visitors and relaxing a bit, which is great in these hectic times. The Waihi district is a great place to base yourself in, with the Coromandel Peninsular and lots of beaches and things happening just up there, some of the best walks in the country in the Karangahake Gorge just down there, big cities only a hop, skip and a jump away, loads of shops and eateries to keep you busy and satisfied, even on a rainy day, and that holiday feel is alive and well right here in Waihi.

Every float I saw was a winner with the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi, and the judges had a hard time choosing one over another. A big thanks to them, here’re their choices. Best Float - Waihi Free Kindergarten, joint Most Christmassy Floats - Waihi Salvation Army and St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Waihi, Most Original - the Austin Mini with Santa On a Surfboard, Craziest - Waihi Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Vintage Engine, and we had two other prizes that went to Waihi St John Ambulance and their motor bike rider and ABC Kidicorp with their Waka of Learning.

Santa enjoyed himself so much at the Go Waihi Christmas Parade he wants to start his Christmas Eve journey around the world here. He’s definitely back to visit lots of well behaved children and the occasional well behaved adult as well, on Christmas Eve. Keep an eye out for him, Mrs Claus and some of the elves; apparently they may be taking their summer holidays here too. I wonder if they’ll bring Rudolph and the other reindeer. He asked if I’d pass on his thanks to everybody who was involved with the parade. Everyone on the floats, the crowds, the truck companies who give their time, staff and vehicles up to carry floats, those manning the barriers and a myriad of others working behind the scenes are who make this day an exciting part of the build up to Christmas. And thanks from Go Waihi as well, you’re awesome.

Remember all the flags around Waihi with the RWC last year? Now we have lots of 10 metre lengths of festive flags around Waihi, flapping in the breeze. Lots are in shops and some people have bought them for their homes too. Go Waihi has a few of these sets of flags still available at cost price. If you’d like some get in touch with Go Waihi as soon as you can. They’re just $25 and look great.

That’s not exactly true but you’re welcome to watch some top talent that’s been to the World Hip Hop Championships dance. They’re coming from Hamilton and will be performing alongside Waihi’s Dynamik Dancers, as well as guests from Te Puke in a full on energy plus show from 6 pm at Waihi Memorial Hall tomorrow afternoon. Just $10 for adults and $7 for kids, it’ll have you huffing and puffing in your seat. Call or txt Leanne for tickets on 027 3232 124.

Friday, December 21, the Waihi Women’s Choir will be singing Christmas Carols in front of the Waihi Memorial Hall. They’ll probably add a few other songs and there’s a rumour that there’ll be an instrumental trio performing after them. Sounds like a good place to be around 11.30 am. It’s great to see this sort of thing downtown, adding some extra colour to the day.

The Open Door Christmas Dinner has moved, just around the corner to the Waihi Memorial Hall. You’re invited to join them at 11.30 am on Christmas Day for lunch, and a very Christmassy one it will be. There’s no cost, and it’s ideal of you’re on your own, or just feeling the pinch at Christmas time. If you need a lift, or can help as a volunteer call 07 863 8316 during the day.

On New Year’s Day you can run off some of that Christmas dinner and leftovers with the 100th Beach Sports Day out front of the Waihi Beach Surf Club. With everything from Chariot Races for 6 and Coconut races, to boys and girls, mums and dads and grandparents races, there’s bound to be something you can enter. If you’re not competing then get along for a fun time. There’ll be free ice creams and lolly scrambles, a sausage sizzle, the 100 yards, yes yards, backwards and 3 legged races as well, and it all starts with a parachute jumper landing at 10.30 am. Enter on the day and kick start 2013 with some exercise.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you the best of the festive, and we wish you all the best for 2013 too. The Go Waihi committee hope you have a fantastic summer, enjoying family and friends and you have a happy, safe holiday break. Make sure you take time out for yourself, if you’re on the roads keep your wits about you and take your time, you’ll still get there, and you’ll enjoy the trip as part of your holiday.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The best contraceptive is a glass of cold water, not before, not after, but instead.