Update - July 19

Posted by Go Waihi on 19/07/2012

A bit of history you might be interested in. Tomorrow marks the 43rd anniversary of man walking on the moon. Apparently we haven’t been back as there’s really no atmosphere there. Sports are back in full swing again with the holidays behind us. Good luck if you’re competing, it’s getting to the serious end of the season. There’re already buds on trees and that feeling of spring, even if we still have some wintry weather to come.

They’re talking potions and lotions from yesteryear at the Waihi Bridge Club Hall in Union St with the Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists’ meeting this Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm. There’ll be a short talk on historical medical terms and their modern day names by Harriet Taylor. You’re welcome to join them with any you can add to the list. Remember to take $3 to help cover the cost of the hall, and call 863 6063 for more information.

Waihi’s Got Talent with Waihi Beach Memorial RSA is open for all school aged children, as long as you live in Waihi or Waihi Beach. Each category winner gets a great prize with another for your school, and if you’re schooled out of the area, you get to pick a local charity to receive a healthy donation on your behalf. Entry forms have the details, so grab one from the Waihi Beach Memorial RSA, Go Waihi, Gold FM, at your school office or download an entry form, and start polishing up your act, for goodness sake!

The Quiz Master will ask them, your team answers them. Questions, some curly, others funny and even some serious ones will be fired at teams of up to ten at Waihi Police Bluelight’s Show Us Your Cash Quiz Night on Friday August 24. Teams are booking already so don’t dilly dally around. Get your entry form from Waihi Police Station or phone 863 3713, and get swatting (or a few clever people in your team).

We’re starting to gear up for our annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions on Saturday October 6, and the entry forms are now out. Head for the Waihi Library, Gold FM, Go Waihi in the visitor centre or the HDC office in Seddon St and pick some up. Challenge your friends, or not so ‘friendlies’, your church group, school friends and teachers, club mates or family members and give it a go. Apart from a little skin, what have you got to lose? OK, a bit of pride, but hey the fun aspect is more important. And then of course there’s the Emergency Services Challenge, back for another year with confirmation from Waihi Police, St John Ambulance and Waihi Fire Service they’re prepared to put it all on the line again this year, and just for bragging rights.

The annual Arty Bra Show is coming up on Saturday August 4, and they’re after more bras covered in art. Then it’s just a matter of filling the Waihi Beach Community Centre with people to enjoy the bra art, auctions, entertainment, spot prizes and a great night out with this fundraiser for Waihi Beach Playcentre. Oh, and remember it’s a cash bar on the night so … take some cash. Tickets are $10 and available at Sunny’s in Paeroa, La Diva in Waihi and at Ebony Fashions at Waihi Beach. To register an arty bra, email artybras@gmail.com.

They’re out and ready for you to fill in. The entry forms for Art Waikino’s 11th annual Art Exhibition and Competition are around Waihi and you can email Helen for a copy at artwaikino@gmail.com. There are categories covering art, handcraft, photography of people, photography of other than people, the contemporary mosaic art award is back (email con@diconpartners.co.nz for details on this category), and this year Art Waikino has an extra category commemorating the centenary of the miners’ strike.

Friday night July 27 at 9 pm, make a bee line to the Sterling at the top of Seddon St to enjoy the music of Magic Roundabout, as they pump out some great blues and rock songs through the night. The $10 door charge goes directly to Waihi SPCA, so get along and enjoy a good night out and support a worthy cause at the same time. And on behalf of the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, a big woof, meow and whatever sound a rabbit makes that sounds like ‘thank you’.

With the truck fire in the Trio Underground Mine in Waihi earlier this week, it was great to see the town rally around. These guys are our neighbours, mates, work colleagues and friends. As soon as word went out, there was a genuine feeling of concern around town, and it was great to get regular updates about the situation to put people’s minds at rest. The Mines Rescue Teams practice for this sort of scenario all the time, so when a call comes, they can respond immediately. Well done to all those involved in rescuing the miners and also for keeping the public informed; a very important part of the mix.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Diplomacy is the art of giving others your way.