Update - November 23

Posted by Go Waihi on 23/11/2012

The end is nigh! Don’t panic, we’re only talking about the NCEA and Scholarship exams (big sigh of relief). Yes, senior school will be enjoying holidays, summer, surf, waves, sunshine, BBQ’s, friends and … hang on, that’s what we all want. With Christmas and generally remember to shop locally; it’s always good to support your neighbours and friends businesses in your own town. The lily whites have been aired a few times, and the veggies are still winning against the weeds at my place. Keep a smile or two handy and share them around, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many people are willing to give one back.

This Wednesday Maree Lewis is the guest speaker at the Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists monthly meeting. Her topic: Norfolk Island Convicts. It should be very interesting and hey you might even recognise a name or two. You’re welcome to join them at 1 pm at the Waihi Bridge Club Hall in Union St, where for just $5 you’ll also get to enjoy a cuppa and catch up.

Yes, two weeks and a day and Santa’s coming to Waihi. He just emailed saying he was looking forward to coming, he loves the trip as it’s so picturesque in our part of the world. Let’s make it a special day for Santa and his helpers and really turn on the floats and fun with the Go Waihi Christmas Parade and Market Day. Float entry forms are still available at Waihi Library, Gold FM, Harcourt’s Waihi, HDC’s Waihi office and here on our website. Rules are simple, and fun’s guaranteed. Grab an entry form and be part of the big parade.

The Annual Christmas Market Day downtown in Waihi is traditionally a great day with lots of shops with sales and specials, loads to see and do, and entertainment on top. We add another dimension with some stalls that have something different, just to fill any gaps between shops. If you or your club or group would like to have a stall, don’t leave it too late to get in touch. Where there’s a space, we’ll fill it, when there’re no spaces left, well there’s not a lot we can do. Contact Go Waihi now and let’s add to the flavour of the day on Saturday December 8.

Sunday at 3 pm the doors close on what’s been a very successful art exhibition at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St. If you’re a local take the time to have a look at some of your history, as seen through the eyes of Bob Kerr, a full time artist based in Wellington who’s painted 30 pieces on the 1912 Miners Strike in Waihi over the last two years. If you’re from out of town, you’re welcome too, and the price is the same for all – a measly $5. Doors open daily at 11 am. Don’t say ‘I should have gone’, GO!

Where do you start around this region? We can cater for all walks of life with the walks we have, from a one hour family wander around Gilmour Lake or the Pit Rim of Martha Mine, to some of the ‘must do’ walks in the Karangahake Gorge or out on the coast with amazing views, lasting from an hour or two to a full day - or more if you’re game. There’re the beaches, the shops and cafes, and plenty of great accommodation. Whether it’s just the two of you wanting a break away, or it’s the full on holiday with everyone tagging along, Waihi and the area has something to suit. Base yourself here and venture north, south, east and west around the Coromandel. We’re in permanent holiday mode here, so expect a smile and warm welcome from the locals.

Next Friday Waihi Glee has the first of several concerts coming our way. Starting at 7 pm at Waihi Baptist Church Auditorium, you’ll get to enjoy not only Glee, but also Waihi Central School Senior Singers and Waihi Community Singers, all harmonising for you. And it’s just a gold coin to get in. Great fun and if you know the words, no maybe I shouldn’t suggest you sing along. Maybe hum in harmony. Get along and support them.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Men are from earth, women are from earth. Deal with it!