Update - October 11

Posted by Go Waihi on 11/10/2012

Goldfest is in full swing, with plenty happening and lots more to come. The school holidays have been busy around the region, and there’s certainly no excuse for being bored. This time next week we’re heading into a well deserved long weekend, and again we have a variety of things for you to get along to. I’ve got a list below with some of the things happening and you can always get a programme. Whether the weather’s wet or fine, we’re well catered for with events both indoors and out over the next while, so don’t be shy, take part. And a ‘gentil’ reminder, our roads will be busy so if you’re doing some travelling leave early, take your time and if you make the trip part of your holiday you’ll enjoy it.

That’s it! It’s all over for another year. We’re only talking about the Go Waihi Trolley Derby and Market Day of course. The rest of Go Waihi’s Goldfest rocks on right through October, with plenty on for all ages. I’ll have more on this soon. Thanks to everyone who made the Go Waihi Trolley Derby a great success.

We had over 40 trolleys hurtling (well one or two might have cruised to be honest) down aptly named Haszard St into Seddon St and the CBD to the finish line. And the big crowd that gathered to watch certainly wasn’t disappointed. We had the favourites back with some tweaks, lots of new ones, the Inter School Challenge with Waihi Police Bluelight, and then there was the Emergency Services Challenge, with the Waihi Fire & Rescue taking it out this year. There were entries from Kawerau, Thames, Paeroa, Tauranga, Whangarei and heaps from Waihi, and the weather held, just!

Thanks to Waihi Lions for looking after the running of the derby on the day, it’s a tough job with lots of action. Thanks also to Waihi Standfast Judo for looking after the barriers for the street closure, and HDC for managing this. Big smiles, big fun and big ups to everyone who turned up, you made the day
.See photos from the 2012 Trollery Derby.

A tough job for our judges, but they’ve managed to sort a first and second place. There were a few highly commended entries too. Overall, Waihi Stationery and More took the honours this year. Have a look at their window if you get a chance, it’s a true example of time, effort and creativity at work. Those were the criteria we gave the judges. And BananaPepper, who always get involved, dressed their sliver of a window and carried the theme inside with all the staff dressing up for the week, well done on being runners up. Thanks to all the shops and businesses who took part, it definitely adds value to Goldfest, and attracts people to look in your windows, and maybe see something they want, there’s a bonus!


Saturday October 13

7 am - across the day: XTerra Trail Challenge – based around the historic Karangahake Gorge, with old tramping, rail and tramway tracks surrounded in native bush. Short, mid and long runs / walks, marathon and ultra marathon Kaimai Killer. Details at www.trailrun.co.nz

10 am to early afternoon: Teddy Bears Picnic Train Trip, Goldfields Railway, Wrigley St. Take your teddy bear along for the 10 am train ride to Waikino. Adults reduced $10. Children in fancy dress ride free (with an adult).

10 am -12 noon: The Big Gold Dig with Waihi Beach Christian Centre, in front of Waihi Beach Surf Club, pre school, Years 1 to 6, and college age, youngies with an adult, hands & feet only, great prizes including an iPod shuffle, free.

5 pm to late: XTerra Trail Challenge Prizegiving and Band, The Sterling Bar, Seddon St, fun night.

Wednesday October 17

10 am - 3 pm: Victoria Battery Tramway Waikino open guided underground tours, ride the narrow gauge railway and learn about the history in the gold mining museum, small cost may apply.

Thursday October 18

7 pm: Play Readings on a Mining Theme, Waihi Drama Society, The Theatre 21 Boyd Rd, open to everyone, no words to remember, no experience necessary. A fun, social night exploring some of the characters from Waihi’s mining history. Have a go. Gold coin entry.

You have until the end of October to shop in Waihi in participating stores and go in the draw for the Stop Shop and Win $1000 Pot of Gold. That’s it! Just look for signs of stores taking part, buy something jot your name and contact details on the paper they provide and put it in the entry box. On Tuesday November 6 we’ll get the police to draw the winner out just after 8 am on Gold FM.

Art Waikino’s 12th Annual Art Exhibition and Competition entries close tomorrow. Then it’s over to the judges. On Sunday of Labour Weekend from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm Go Waihi and Waihi International Academy have two special guests who are coming from the Tainan City Orchestra in Taiwan to perform. One will be playing an Er Hu, a two stringed ancient Chinese musical instrument, and the other a flute. This is something not to miss.


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