Update - February 1

Posted by Go Waihi on 01/02/2012

A pinch and a punch (well a light slap on the back) for the start of another month … and no returns! It was great to get the extra time off with Anniversary Weekend, and I’m looking forward to a repeat performance this weekend with Waitangi Day on Monday.

We’ve also got an extra day this month being a leap year so I’m guessing there’ll be a few people born on the 29th celebrating, as you should. The weather’s being quite kind at the moment, so the outdoor activities are the ones to concentrate on if you can. Keep an eye out for school children, at the start of the school year they could be distracted catching up with friends they haven’t seen for a while, rather than watching the roads.

Shirley Spurr has been a huge part of Waihi for more years than most can remember, and it was great to see so many people paying their respects at her service at St Joseph’s Church, at the Waihi Community Marae where she was a stalwart in getting things up and running and also at the Waihi Memorial Hall where a large gathering caught up with Dick, Bronwyn and friends. To everyone who came forward and helped when the food was stolen, offering more food, money and to help in the kitchen, Waihi’s awesome with a capital ‘O’. And apparently there are some people ‘assisting police with their inquiries’ as I write this. Also, if you have any information into the break in at Koru Florist and Gallery, do the right thing and get in touch with the police ASAP. You’ll be doing these people a favour (and the town). You can contact Waihi Police on 863 8179, or use the anonymous Crimestoppers free phone, 0800 555 111.

Get yourself a bargain or three this Sunday at the Rotary Trust of Waihi’s Car Boot Sale. Weather permitting things get underway at the Waihi Memorial RSA car park in lower Seddon St at 8.30 am, and things won’t wind up until after midday judging by past experience. There’s always something different there, and you can add to the mix if you like. Just turn up with the $6 fee that goes into local community projects and away you go. Early Christmas and birthday shopping made easy.

Go along to Athenree Historic Homestead’s Antiques and Art Road Show this Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm and you can have up to five items appraised by the professional assessors for just $3 each. You can have your photo taken in a vintage costume, enjoy Devonshire tea while you’re there and there’s also art for sale. Take the family and friends, it won’t break the bank at just $5 entry, and it’s helping raise funds to restore this historic homestead. Don’t forget there’s no eftpos so take some cash. Head towards Tauranga on State Highway 2 and take the Athenree turnoff just after the Gorge. The homestead’s just around the corner. If you’d like a site or more details, call 07 863 4363.

Yes, we’re off for our first BA5 for the year this coming Wednesday (8th February). We’re going to hear from Senior Sergeant Rex Knight about how we can reduce crime around our area, and stay safe. Chris Hale, the Hauraki District Council Economic Development Officer, will look back at 2011, and ahead to 2012 and how he sees the bigger economic picture, and Noddy from Beach Hop will have an update as we gear up for our Warm Up Party in Waihi on Wednesday March 28th. If you’re a Waihi business owner of manager and would like to come, contact Go Waihi for details.

Running from April 10 to 22, it’s year 9 for this popular series of walks taking in just a squidgeon of what’s on offer around our beautiful back yard. The team are always adding new walks, and they cater for all ‘walks’ of life. Whether you’re a seasoned tramper or you’ve got a pushchair and family in tow, there’ll be something to suit I’m sure. Download a brochure or visit www.echowalkfest.org.nz to see all the walks and to book as well. Some have maximum numbers so make sure you book on line as early as possible.

They’re back for 2012 from Monday week, February 14, practicing from 5 pm at the Waihi Baptist Church Hall. We’re talking Waihi Glee where teenager boys and girls that want to get together to dance, sing and play instruments, and ultimately entertain the public while having a fun time, get together. If you’d like to join them they’d love to have you on board. Contact Angela for more information on 027 6628826. I’ll have news next week about an adult choir being formed in Waihi.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: To every exception there is a rule.