Update December 21

Posted by Go Waihi on 21/12/2013

We’ve sure seen signs of summer this week with temperatures in the upper 20’s in some places. Wet tar material and lots of liquid intake required. With Christmas in just 5 sleeps I hope you’re well on the way to finishing your shopping. Remember to support local businesses if you can. They’re your neighbours and members of your community so what goes in locally goes out locally. Beaches are getting popular, and a reminder about the few that think while you’re at play they’ll take advantage of your hard work and steal from your car or home. Lock it away, out of sight. Schools are on holiday, we have a couple of short working weeks and lots of visitors ready to enjoy our back yard. And there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. Bring on the fun and entertainment to add to our natural wonders across the Coromandel Peninsular.

I’m not saying overindulge, but a little treat at Christmas is a good thing I think. Hopefully you’ve got some time with family and friends, and a little down time to yourself too. We so often overlook the fact we need to recharge our batteries and this is one of those times of year. Don’t feel bad about it; in fact I’m a firm believer in several relaxation repeats through the year. Christmas dinner, outdoor activities, a tipple or two maybe, all in moderation makes for a good time. Treating yourself is good for you; I read an article about it once. So don’t feel bad about spoiling yourself, just a little and often.

A few Doe Ray Me’s to get your singing voice loosened up and you’ll be set to sing along to all the Christmas carols tomorrow afternoon with Christmas at the Pumphouse. Starting at 7 pm at the top of Seddon St, the words will go up on the big screen and there’ll be the opportunity to toast some marshmallows on the braziers too so take some along for you and a friend or two. It’s a night of music, fun, family and community and you can stay on if you like for some contemporary Christian worship music with the Waihi Baptist Church. Remember to take a chair, blanket or something to sit on, some food if you like and definitely some family and friends to sing along with.

With summer and the holidays just about here we’ve been asking for people to send in what events they’re doing. Don’t stop, we want as much info to share as we possibly can. For example, art is well catered for with Waihi Art Centre and Museum’s Art Exhibition on until the end of January. Entitled ‘Landscapes ... Old and New, it features the art work of a number of local artists and some from the Art Gallery’s private collection. Guest artist Sharen Watson from Katikati has several paintings included too. And why not visit the museum while you’re there? It’s inexpensive and there’s a lot of local history on display. The Museum will be open between 12.30 pm and 4 pm every day through January with free entry to the Gallery and just a small cost to get into the museum.

If you’re visiting our area, just moved here, can’t be with your family or friends or just would like to go along, you’ll be made very welcome on Christmas Day this Wednesday at Waihi Memorial Hall for the Open Door Christmas Lunch. Starting at 11.30 am it’s a lunchtime dinner with all the trimmings. Lashings of this, a good dollop of that and a sprinkle of Christmas cheer will virtually guarantee you a good meal, a good time and good company. If you’d like to volunteer to help, or need a lift to get there and home again, call 07 863 8316 and have a chat to Margaret or David.

The New Zealand Blood Service is forever looking to add to their blood bank stocks. They have to because there’s only a three week window that they can use the blood that’s donated, and then it has to be replaced. Your donation could save up to three lives, that’s a nice feeling for giving something that replenishes itself without you even knowing. It takes less than an hour, is virtually pain free and you can ring and make an appointment for when they’re in Waihi on Wednesday 8 January on 0800 GIVE BLOOD, that’s 0800 448 325. Then we can keep them busy for the whole day, and they’ll be happy about that. First time or a regular, the New Zealand Blood Service NEEDS YOU – well your blood anyway.

The team at Go Waihi wish you and yours al the best for Christmas, and we’re looking forward to a positive and bright 2014. Without going overboard, it’s great to hear and see signs of better things on the horizon, both for business and private people. We hope you get some time to treat yourself, catch up with family and friends, the opportunity to do some of those things you really enjoy doing and it all fits nicely into a relaxed time frame with gaps for doing a) nothing, b) whatever you never get around to doing but always aim to do, c) more of anything you really enjoy and d) all of the above. Take your time on the roads, relax and I guess start thinking about an achievable New Year’s Resolution, oh yes, and the last Christmas shopping and prep for the Big Day.


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