Update - February 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/02/2012

Firstly, a big congratulations to the community of our sister town Paeroa on winning the Community of the Year Award last week, what a great achievement and something you can be very proud of. Well there goes another month, quickly and fairly quietly slipping by and it’ll be March this time next week. But wait, there’s more to February than usual, with the extra day to really celebrate any birthdays that fall on the 29th. Yes it’s a leap year. There may be Super XV rugby this weekend and NRL action with the Warriors starting next week, but I’m hanging on to what summer I can, even if we’re officially about to welcome Autumn. I hope your New Year resolution is still on target, I think the idea of breaking it down to manageable sizes is great. That way you get to reach smaller goals on your way to what you really want to achieve, like rungs on a ladder really.

Each Sunday morning, weather permitting you’ll see lots of marquees, trestles and tables going up in the Karangahake Hall car park in the gorge for their weekly market. Anyone’s welcome to join them, and the fee goes towards the rebuild of the hall that burnt down last year. If you’re after something a bit different for that ‘difficult to buy for’ person, here’s your answer. A lot of what’s for sale is unique, hand made and a one off. There’s always a great mix of fresh produce, pickles and more to stock the cupboards, and the plants, crafts and jewellery are always worth checking out.

Here’s a heads up in plenty of time. The Mobility Scooter Club is meeting between 2 pm and 3.30 pm on Monday March 19. This is in conjunction with Hauraki District Council and it’s going to be held in the St James Presbyterian Church Hall in Moresby Ave, Waihi. Got any questions about mobility scooters just ask. Scoot along for a get together and a cuppa and chat and learn about all the other resources available for scooter riders. Now’s a good time to put this in your diary.

These are held at 2 pm on the last Sunday of each month and guess what? That’s this Sunday. Meet at the Salvation Army Hall at the top of Seddon St. They often visit gardens and regularly organise talks and demonstrations about herbs, plants, companion planting, soils and gardening in general. And they’re happy to share their knowledge over a cup of tea. Contact Kelly for more details on (07) 863 7271.

With some ECHO Walking Festival walks having limited numbers it’s a good idea to have a look and book your place early. The brochure describes each of the 30 walks and you can get the full description as well as book online. Running from the 10th to 22nd of April it fits into the school holidays so get the family involved. There’re simple hour and a half walks suitable for pushchairs, right through to 5 to 6 hour treks perfect for the seasoned tramper. Find out more and download a brochure.

Based in and around Waihi this event is set for Saturday April 21st, with the finish line right beside the iconic Pumphouse. There are a variety of options ranging from the full Nugget Multisport Race, through the Half Nugget, as well as the 21 km, 10 km and 5 km run / walks. Then on Sunday the 22nd there’s the Nugget Junior Survivor, a very popular event with around 120 children entering last year. Entry forms are available for these events, and for details contact Pauline at Waihi Sport N Action on (07) 863 7295.

Don’t get confused, this family friendly Market Day is becoming a regular at Waihi Memorial Hall and it’s back on Saturday March 24 between 10 am and midday. The focus is on babies and children’s clothing and items like buggies, highchairs, toys and cots getting a second or third lease of life. Once the kids have grown out of them what do you do? Book a stall, sell them and maybe pick up some new things that suit your growing children. Phone Krisy for details on 021 833 262.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: It takes a big man to admit he’s wrong, and an even bigger one to keep
his mouth shut when he’s right.