Update August 20

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/08/2013

Spring has sprung, so has the pollen and I now own a yellow car, which kind of catches me out at the car park ‘cos I’m not looking for a yellow car of course. (Note to self, wash car!) There’s been a bit of hay fever going around too, you can have mine if you missed out. Local body election nominations have closed so now’s the time to be thinking about who you’d like representing your and your town’s best interests. Changeable weather conditions means staying alert on the roads, and we all need more lerts don’t we?! Some of us need more driving lessons too I hate to say. Stop signs are for stopping, not cruising through at 10 to 20 kms an hour. Check your insurance, it probably doesn’t cover you too well if you’re supposed to give way, and you don’t. It’s great to see lots of events on the calendar. Let’s have a look at some of the things we’ve heard about, and remember, you’re invited.

A ROCK STAR Skate Night to raise funds for the Waihi Miners Inline Hockey club is coming up on Friday September 6. It’s being held at the Waihi Events Centre from 6 pm to about 8.30 pm. $5 gets you in, dress like a rock star and you could win some great prizes and there’s even a parents lounge if it’s all a little too much for you. There’ll be spot prizes, food and refreshments and, get this, music on the BIG SCREEN. Sounds like I’ll have to pull out the old roller skates, and I mean old.

This is an opportunity to hear about the latest developments on the Hauraki Rail Trail, as it wends its way towards Waihi. The HDC run workshop is for Waihi businesses interested in hearing about the research done by Waikato University, and from some businesses that have already benefited from the Rail Trail. There’ll be an update from the Hauraki Rail Trail Trust Chair as well as from the Trail Manager covering marketing, the website and booking engine. There’ll be time for questions and the opportunity to learn and understand how the Trail works and is maintained. You’ll also get to hear where the money comes from and how you can become a part of it. Venue, date and time? Next Thursday from 9.30 am to about 11 am at Waihi Memorial Hall’s Supper Room.

Goldfest runs through October, from the 1st to the 31st, in and around Waihi featuring events and activities for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. We’re always looking to add to the mix for Goldfest, and it’s great to see some new events on the programme. There’s still room for more so if you are thinking of holding something, don’t be shy, please get in touch and let’s see if we can add it into Goldfest. Variety is a wonderful thing, and that’s what Goldfest is all about. It’s a chance to try something different or something that’s not usually available maybe. Mainstream or not, let’s get it into the mix and have a good time with Goldfest 2013. Contact Go Waihi.

The Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists next meeting is this coming Wednesday and as always you are welcome to join them. David Wilton is an historian ands he’ll be speaking on farm settlements and historic mining around Waitawheta Gorge, the Thames area and Wharekirauponga near Whangamata, so it’s of local interest. Starting at 1 pm this Wednesday at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, the cost is just $5 and that covers a nice hot cuppa too.

This Seasons is a peer support group for children who are grieving the loss of someone significant, whether it’s through separation or divorce, or maybe the death of a loved one. Seasons are about to get their first programme underway in Waihi at the Waihi Community Resource Centre in Mueller St and they’re happy to talk to anyone who might like their children to attend. Best thing to do is contact Paula on 022 043 4060 and have a chat.

Go Waihi gets any number of inquiries about all sorts of things, you’d be surprised! If we can answer the questions we will, if not we try to find someone who can. It would be great to receive newsletters and updates about your club, church, school, business or group, just so we know what you’re up to. We get lots in, but we’re not on everyone’s mailing list, whether it’s emailing or postal. We’re a good central point, and often the first port of call for those wanting to find out more before coming here, whether permanently or for a holiday. With extra information they’re well armed to stay longer, spend more and maybe even realise what a fantastic piece of paradise we call home, and they can too, very economically I might add. You get the picture don’t you? Send your info through to us.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: No-one can get ahead of you when they’re kicking you in the rear.