Update - January 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/01/2012

OK, can someone tell me where the last month went please? One minute it’s Christmas and New Year, and the next schools are about to start again. It’s been a mixed bag with the weather, but I’ve spoken to so many people that have made the most of the ‘not so nice’ conditions and had a great time anyway it just goes to show we can make the most of any conditions. I hope you’ve had a good break and are refreshed and set for a fantastic year. We’ve got plenty happening in our neck of the woods, along with out at the beach, so here’s a sampling of some things to see and do.

Waihi’s Memorial Hall is the venue tomorrow through to Monday for Waihi’s Craft Show. From 10 am each day you can call in and have a browse through displays by two quilt groups, scrapbooking, dolls, floral art, embroidery, spinners and weavers and more, and it’s only $2 with under 12’s free. There’ll be a guest quilter, teacher and national exhibitor, sales tables and a raffle or two as well. This could be good for some unique gifts.

Saturday, at the Waihi Beach Vets on Wilson Road between 10 am and 2 pm there’s an Open Day where you can take your pet along for some fun. With the Tim Armstrong Band playing, along with entertainment like the dog agility display, trick horse riding displays and free pony rides it’s going to be lots of fun for owners too. They even have a free BBQ. So treat your pet and they might even make some new friends! More info at 07 863 7387.

This Sunday at 1 pm don’t be surprised to see baths racing around the Bowentown Boat and Sport Fishing Club with their 11th Annual Bathtub Races. With rowing and paddling races for kids along with outboard races for adults, it’s going to be a lot of fun in the water. It’s only $10 per race to enter with funds going to our local Coastguard. For entries, go to www.bbsfc.co.nz. Get along and have a laugh and support the ‘tub thumpers’.

The Karangahake Hall got burnt down last year, but the weekly stalls are still there every Sunday from 10 am with a great mix of goods and produce for sale. Whether it’s hand knitted’s or hand crafts, pottery or produce, jewellery or jams, it’ll be interesting pickings, and funds from the stalls goes towards the rebuild of the hall. For a stall call 07 862 7452.

Next weekend sees the return of the Rotary Trust of Waihi’s Car Boot Sale at Waihi Memorial RSA’s car park, bottom end of Seddon St. Weather permitting sales will start at 8.30 am, and continue into the early afternoon. And if you want a site, just turn up with $6 and all your goodies. That fee goes back into our community via Waihi Rotary’s community projects.

… Athenree Historic Homestead’s Antiques and Art Road Show next Sunday, Feb. 5th. Between 10 am and 4 pm there’ll be professional assessors there to have a look at up to 5 items per person, and it’s just $3 per item. There’ll be vintage costume photos available and art on display and for sale. For a site or more details call 07 863 4363. They’re just off SH2 on Athenree Rd, and remember there’s no eftpos so take CASH!

There’s a fun dance project on in Waihi at the moment that’s after more people. Anyone 10 and over, male and female is invited if you can put just a couple of dance steps together. I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself, and the end result will definitely make people smile. ‘Nuff said’ … get along to Waihi Baptist Church Hall on Mondays at 5 pm for practices, or call Leanne on 07 863 7274 to get in step.

We’re kicking off the year with our first meeting this Wednesday for Waihi business owners and managers. We’ll hear from Hauraki District Council Economic Development Officer (what a title) Chris Hale with a look back at 2011 and the lay of the land – or region, as we settle into 2012. Waihi Police Senior Sergeant Rex Knight will also give us an update on crime in the region from a business perspective, and Noddy will be there as we gear up for our 4th Annual Waihi Beach Hop Warm Up Party on March 28th. It will also be good to catch up socially, so give me a call or email to register.

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