Update - November 2

Posted by Go Waihi on 02/11/2012

We really are living in paradise. I get this sort of comment from any number of people who’ve travelled overseas, lived in ‘the big smoke’, or who are lucky enough to have moved to our neck of the woods. And I can understand why when you think of all the natural beauty that abounds right on our doorstep. From the Karangahake Gorge and all it’s bush and walks through to the beaches just a hop, skip and jump away, we don’t have to go far to ‘be on holiday’. We’re into the second to last month for 2012 already, and Christmas will be here before you can say “Here’s my list Santa”. There’s lots on so here we go.

That’s a wrap, well almost. Waihi’s Goldfest celebrations officially came to a close on Wednesday at the end of October, and what a month! We had lots of fun events, almost 60, and loads of people enjoying all the activities, more than last year so the numbers are growing. Thanks to everyone who took part, and to those who held events too. The Waihi district has a lot going for it, and for a small town I think we pack a decent punch when it comes to fun and entertainment. Huge thanks to our major sponsors, MacMahons and TrustWaikato, and also to Newmont Waihi Gold for your support. There’s just the one more job to do now, and that’s to make the draw for the Stop Shop and win $1000 Pot of Gold. We’ll do that this Tuesday just after 8 am on Gold FM. Good luck if you’ve been shopping in Waihi in October.

Two plays commemorating the Miners Strike of 1912 are being performed by Waihi Drama Society at their Theatre in Boyd Rd. Both plays were written by Campbell Smith who has ties with Waihi. The first is a story about the Miners Strike entitled “The Red and Gold’, while ‘Miners of Waihi’ is based in 1915 during World War I, with ex miners who went on to be tunnellers during the war looking at the strike and its’ affects. Get your tickets for $20 from United Video in Seddon St. The season ends on November 10.

We’ve delivered entry forms to Waihi Library, the Hauraki District Council Waihi office, Gold FM and they’re here on our website. Grab one and get started on your float. Clubs, groups, businesses, societies, schools, friends, families and individuals are welcome aboard, in fact the more the merrier according to Santa. He’s all set to appear on the last float again, and is looking forward to taking a short break here before the onslaught of the ‘silly season’, as Mrs Claus calls it. As always Go Waihi reminds you, Rule Number One will be to have FUN on December 8. And we’ll include a Market Day too to give you a good start to your Christmas shopping. Speaking of which …

Saturday December 8 is Waihi’s annual Christmas Parade, and of course our Market Day in the morning. If you’d like to have a stall now’s the time to make contact. Get in touch and let us know your name, what you sell and make sure you include lots of ways to get in touch. We’re after variety, to add to what the shops offer. That way everyone wins on the day – shop owners, stall holders and of course those shopping get even more choice.

With the one hundred year commemoration of the Miners Strike being marked, Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny Street has an exhibition coming up by Bob Kerr entitled ‘Gold Strike”. This runs from November 11 to 25 and there’s a $5 entry fee.

ABC Waihi has their Pre-Christmas Toy Sale coming up between 5.30 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday November 21. Right now they’d like to hear from any would be vendors wanting a stall to sell their toys and gifts. If that’s you, contact them now on 07 863 6639.

Go Waihi’s last Business After 5 Meeting is this Wednesday afternoon. We’re going to hear the latest on the proposed combined sports complex from the Sport N Action Waihi Trust. Who’s on board, where are they getting the dosh from, what’s the time frame and where to from here? Plus we’ll have some other town news as usual and you’ll get the chance to catch up with other business folk socially. If you’re a Waihi business owner or manager and would like to come just send a quick email to go Waihi or phone your confirmation through.

Hopefully you’re getting the idea of a big animal day, because that’s what next weekend is all about with the 74th Annual Waihi A & P Show at the show grounds on Parry Palm Ave. That’s State Highway 2 just on the Waihi town boundary heading towards the Karangahake Gorge. There’ll be plenty of food and refreshments, stalls and rides, lots of competitions with animals galore, and the chance to win a $250 travel voucher. Grab a hat and sunscreen and get set for a great family day. Gates open at 7 am for the keen and it runs right across Saturday, with some finals continuing on Sunday.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: An open mind doesn’t always require an open mouth.