Update - September 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/09/2012

Another week of mixed weather, and some colder nights, just when the summer wardrobe got an airing at my place; well that was short lived! It’s a funny look heading down the street in T shirt, shorts, a beanie and polar fleece, just in case. Still with Daylight Saving on the way we will get that extra time in the evening to enjoy. There are lots of things happening at the moment, whether it’s indoors or out. Remember to support what you can, that makes it worth their while putting these things on, and we’ll get more come our way.

The Junior and Intermediate sections of Waihi’s Got Talent with Waihi Beach Memorial RSA, Go Waihi and Gold FM took to the stage (and floor) last Friday night, and the audience were in fine form too. There were some fantastic performances and we now know who’s going through to the finals on Friday (21st September. This Friday it’s the Seniors heats to see who gets through. Head along to the Waihi Beach Memorial RSA for a start at 6.30 pm to watch some aspiring performers give it their all. And next Friday be there early to get seats for the finals, when they will be aiming to win the $200 for themselves as well as the $1000 for their school in each of the junior, intermediate and senior categories. Good luck if you’ve entered, the standard has been very high.

That’s the plan on Saturday October 6 when the Go Waihi Trolley Derby gets underway for a fifth year. From the top of Haszard St, sweeping around the corner into Seddon St and the main shopping centre, the trolleys will be timed to see whose is the fastest. This year we’ve added the Waihi Police Bluelight Schools Challenge, with local schools getting a trolley to put together and paint and then race down the course against the others. There are prizes for the craziest, slowest, the oldest and youngest entrants and even some just for turning up, and our annual Emergency Services Challenge between Waihi Fire, Police and St John is on again too. Hang on; we’ve just heard Waihi Beach Coastguard is on board now too. Entry forms are at Waihi Library, the HDC Waihi office, Gold FM and you can download an entry form here. Don’t miss it!

Waimata School on SH2 just a couple of km’s south of Waihi town has the classic school gala and garage sale coming up next Saturday the 22nd from 9 am to 1 pm. They’re raising funds to improve their senior playground and woodland area and you can help in a couple of ways, firstly by donating any goods in good condition, and secondly by turning up on the day for a fun time. Kids will have a ball with the bouncy castle, pony rides and other entertainment, as well as all the stalls, food and refreshments. I think adults will enjoy it all just as much. If you’d like a stall they’re just $8. Phone the school on 07 863 8020 for details and any donations.

Shop in Waihi over the school holidays from October 1 to 14 and enter to win 1,000 $1 coins. Yes, the Pot of Gold is back for Goldfest. All you do is shop in participating stores downtown and fill out your name and contact details, put it in the box and that’s it. No screeds of rules and regulations. We’ll sort through all the entries afterwards and get a nice policeman to draw a winner out. It could be you, if you stop and shop in Waihi. I’d say a free bonus while you get some (early Christmas) shopping done would go down nicely.

We’re just a few days away from completing the programme covering October, with a couple of last minute additions coming in to add to the mix. Special train trips, a school gala, the big digger, activities for school children, entertainment and competitions for everyone, the Xterra Trail Challenge, a big Gold Dig, the very popular Light Party and ... more being added here.

We’ve just received information about a school gala, a family history seminar and a heritage afternoon, all to be added to the growing list of things happening through Goldfest across October. We’re happy to get these last minute additions to the programme, but can’t hold off indefinitely before going to the printers. So a deadline is probably a good thing to have. Let’s say this Monday. I’ll also keep taking things after this and add it onto the web, but get those events in as soon as you can please.

And rightfully so too. To mark the international day of older persons and the contributions they have and still give to our community, Hauraki District Council has an open invitation to anyone 65 and over to join them for afternoon tea, a look at whetting your appetite with computing for seniors and a general get together to hear about some healthy living tips on Monday September 24 at Waihi Library and then Waihi Memorial Hall. Please let them know you’re going by contacting John McIver on free phone 0800 734 834, extension 5063, for catering and resource purposes by this Monday 17 September. Go along, you deserve it.


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