Update - March 16

Posted by Go Waihi on 16/03/2012

School holidays are on their way, and so is Easter early next month. It’s a busy time around our neck of the woods with travellers enjoying the finer weather at present. Lots of people have been out at Waihi Beach enjoying the beach and surf and there’s still that summer feel out there. I hope it lasts longer than daylight saving’s going to. There’s a heck of a lot on in the coming weeks so let’s see if we can entice you to take part in some things. We’ve got a bit of an Irish feel downtown for St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, an opportunity to get fit, enjoy some great views and help raise funds for a local school, you can slip into the mudslide with the local scouts, and of course you’re invited to a fantastic day out with hot rods, bands, classic cars, local entertainment, more cars, best dressed competition, a Drag Race, and even more cars. Here’s the lowdown.

We’re going a tad Irish tomorrow in Waihi with our annual St Patrick’s Day Best Dressed Window Competition in town. Come to town and check out the windows and shops in store that are taking part. There’s also a bit of an Irish Paddy’s Market. I hear some shops are taking advantage of any Irish heritage they may have, offering some great specials and sales. It could be a good start to the Christmas list, birthdays or for no reason at all. And keep an eye out for the musicians playing Irish music wandering around town.

Walk or run around the Martha Mine Pit Rim tomorrow with Waihi East Primary School’s Annual Fun Run & Walk. Register for just $2 for children, $5 for adults and $15 for families from 8.30 am at the Waihi Rugby Grounds in Kenny St for a start at 9.30 am. Spot prizes for wearing green with refreshments available. Sliding down Waihi Scout’s Mud Slid tomorrow between 9.30 am and 3 pm will only cost you $5. Head towards Tauranga on State Highway 2 and look for the signs just past the Beach turnoff at the Gun Club on the right. There’s plenty of off road parking with refreshments available.

With Waihi hosting Beach Hop’s first day outing, the scene is set for a great time for the hundreds of classic car and hot rod owners vying for the unique trophies, and everyone who comes to town on Wednesday March 28. There’s lots of ‘torque’ about the shops ‘gearing’ up with sales and specials, stalls adding even more choice downtown, rides for children, local entertainment, three bands playing throughout the day, the Gold FM Drag Race at 12.30 pm, and prize giving at 2 pm. And if you dress the part you could win one of the best dressed prizes for males and females.

We’d like to see some pictures and video of Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on March 28. We’re even willing to give away a prize for the best pictures and video (by an amateur). What have
you got to lose? To enter, get in touch with us. We might use some of them here on the web too.

Welcome to the Waikato Citroen Car Club, here for Sunday to enjoy lots of our local attractions. Keep your eye out for them and see how many of these models you can spot. The DS21, 2CV, traction, G.S.A., C4, C5, ZX, XM and the CX.

Mobility scooter riders unite! The opportunity to do just that is coming up on Monday between 2 pm and 3.30 pm at St James Church Hall in Moresby Ave Waihi. Hosted by Hauraki District Council you’ll hear about services and support that are available and share a cuppa with other scooter owners - well you’ll get your own cup actually. It’s an ideal time to ask any questions you might have too. Register early on 0508 726 6837.

Sunday morning, what are you up to? Why not start the day at the Rotary Trust of Waihi Car Boot Sale. It’s based at the Waihi Memorial RSA car park, and as long as the weather’s good they’ll be there from 8.30 am until early afternoon. If you’d like a stall take $6 and all your home made goods and treasures and they’ll set aside a site for you.

ON & ON & ON
It’s Onandon, the family market day next Saturday March 24 at Waihi Memorial Hall from 10 am to midday. It’s an ideal opportunity to give those children’s things that they’ve grown out of another lease of life - much better than leaving them in the wardrobe or garage. Toys, clothes, games, highchairs, pushchairs, ride ons, cots - what’s not going to be there? If you’d like a stall contact Krisy on 021 833 262.

Got an event on over the school holidays? Let me know and we’ll see if we can keep the children busy. Waihi Sport N Action is gearing up with their programme, with a variety of events, including Zumba classes. If you know of things on, get in touch.


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