Update - November 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/11/2012

Here come the last 31 days of 2012, let’s make them good ones. There’s certainly plenty on to enjoy, and of course there’s the holiday break to look forward to as well. We have had some great weather, and I’ve heard from those that should know we’re in for a good summer with just some small patches of wet weather. That’s got to be good after last ‘summer’. Hopefully you’ll be joining us for our annual Christmas Parade next weekend and there’s the Christmas Market Day in Waihi through the morning to help you get lots of the shopping done.

Waihi Glee has their end of year performance on this Fiday at 7 pm. For just a gold coin donation you’ll be treated to a great show of song and dance by a bunch of keen college age pupils that get together through the year to play instruments, dance and sing. Speaking of singing, you’re in for an extra treat or two with Waihi Community Singers and Waihi Central School Senior Singers also performing. And yes, it IS just a gold coin donation. The venue is the Waihi Baptist Church Auditorium on the corner of Kenny and Gilmour Streets.

Waihi School of Dance has their end of year show at Waihi Memorial Hall starting at 7 pm this Saturday night. It’s always a great show, and this year the ballet pupils re performing the classic Peter Pan, while the jazz dance students will thoroughly enjoy themselves dancing to some of the latest hits for you. It’s only $4 for the youngies, and old fuddy duddies (that’s adults if you’re not up with the play) get in for $6. Everyone gets out for free after the show by the way.

Maori TV are in town next week filming two shows at the Events Centre. You’re invited to be part of the studio audience for ‘It’s In the Bag’ on Tuesday 4th December. The Waihi Events Centre doors open at 5.30 pm with the show starting around 6 pm. You may even be chosen to take part. Your koha, or donation, will be given to a local charity. Then on Wednesday 5th December they will be filming an episode of ‘A Country Shine’, and they have invited our local country music club along to be the audience for this. These will screen a few months into next year.

Rudolph’s red nose is shining, Santa’s bags are packed and he’s ready to head down under and a little to the left to Waihi next Saturday for our annual Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi. It’s not too late to enter a float either. Entry forms are at HDC’s Waihi office, Harcourt’s Waihi, Gold FM, the Waihi Library or you can download an entry form. Get into the spirit of the day and have some fun on a float. The more the merrier I say. And if you’re not on a float, come along and watch the parade. It starts  at 1 pm and heads up the main CBD.

With the Go Waihi Christmas Parade we are very safety conscious, especially with so many young ones around. Please watch your children on the footpath and keep them well away from the road. And remember if children are on floats to make sure they’re safe from falling off, with barriers on the side of the float, or even with children sitting. Sunscreen and sunhats aren’t a silly idea, and water to quench the thirst too. We want this to be a fun hassle free event, and appreciate you taking the time to just do some basic safety checks.

We may be able to help you with your club or group’s fundraising. There are a spot or three left for some stalls next Saturday downtown in Waihi with our Christmas Market Day. We should have several thousand people in town, so why not take advantage of the day and book a stall site. Email or phone Go Waihi as soon as you can, and you’ll be on your way to raising some extra dollars for your group.

I’ve been approached by Seasons, a grief and loss support programme for children between 5 and 18 run by the Anglican Church in New Zealand. Seasons is a programme of peer support groups for children experiencing loss or change. It could be from a death of someone close to them, a divorce or separation or other major family change. Learn more about the Seasons Programme by contacting the coordinator Paula on 022 043 4060. They’re also after volunteers to work with these children.

I’ve heard a whisper there’s a big day planned for January 1 next year. Waihi Beach Sports has been going for 99 years, so this is the BIG ONE. The 100 year celebrations on New Year’s Day include the traditional coconut races, 3 legged races, egg and spoon races and free ice creams and lolly scramble. It’s not just for the kids either. I’ll have more in the weeks to come, but rest assured, Waihi Beach by the Surf Club is going to be a fun place on New Year’s Day.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes, there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.