Update February 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 15/02/2013

‘Busy, lots of people visiting, loads on, summer’s been great, nice and relaxing’ … these are all comments I’ve heard from people recently, referring to our region this summer. And it’s all true, and it hasn’t just come from visitors. Locals have the pleasure of enjoying this all year round, and it’s great to see and hear people appreciating what a fantastic spot we live in. It’s a lot to do with the people too, and we have a great community spirit around here. Small town New Zealand has some great advantages over bigger cities, like the drive time to and from work, how close we are to everything from the beach and bush to the shops and schools. Everything’s literally ‘on our doorstep’, without the hustle and bustle.

Next Saturday February 23 you’re invited to the International Academy in Landlyst Rd, Golden Valley Waihi for their Culture Experience. Between 10 am and 3 pm there’ll be ink art created while ancient Chinese instruments are played during their cultural concert. You’ll also get the opportunity to get up close to the artists who perform the glove puppetry and lion dance. You probably don’t want to get too close during the Chinese martial arts displays. Ticket details are on our web and include a light lunch.

With 32 walks, ECHO Walking Festival’s 10th Anniversary year is shaping up to be very popular. Booking early’s advised as some of these walks are on private land not usually open to the public. With maximum numbers on some walks it would pay to get a pamphlet from around town and check out the website for walk descriptions and to book. Whether you’re a seasoned tramper or just want to get out for a stroll ECHO Walking Festival caters. All walks are guided, it’s free, although donations towards the running costs are appreciated, and it’s on during both week days and weekends to try to cater to as many people as possible.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop is on Wednesday March 20, and if previous years are anything to go by, it’ll be a great day. There’ll be loads of cars to look at and drool over, but it’s not just for the car enthusiast. With three or four bands playing through the streets, loads of sales in shops and lots of stalls, there’s plenty on for most tastes. And if you work up an appetite, no problem, there are lots of eateries and cafes to cater. There are prizes for best dressed guy and gal, and the Gold FM Drag Race is a must see downtown at lunchtime. Bring a camera for the memories.

It’s all about building awesome whanau (family) with this show. It’ll be fun and educational for all ages of parents and caregivers, and. Waihi Beach Christian Centre are looking forward to bringing this to Waihi Beach School on Sunday March 3, starting at 5 pm. By the way, while you enjoy the show the kids will be fed and entertained, cool eh! Call Ryan for details on 07 863 5678.

Every first and third Sunday morning each month, weather permitting, the Waihi Memorial RSA car park at the bottom end of Seddon St is the scene for the Rotary Trust of Waihi Car Boot Sale. It’s a great way to start your day, and you never know what you might find. From fresh produce and homemade jams and pickles to treasures that you probably won’t find elsewhere, there’re always a few surprises to be found alongside the regulars. To have a spot turn up for a start at 8.30 am with $6, and you can add a trailer and pay $10. These fee funds go to Rotary and are used in our community.

This Sunday sees the start of the Great British Car Rally, with 200 plus cars heading from Auckland to Christchurch. Their first leg is between Auckland and Tauranga, so a lot of these cars will be in the Waihi district around 1.30 pm to 3 pm at a guess. Keep an eye out for them. I’ve suggested they might like to stop off at the Pumphouse and given diredtions but there’s no guarantee. One thing’s for sure though, there’ll be a few Jags, Austins, MG’s, a Rolls Royce and an Aston Martin or two, perhaps some Landrovers and even the classic Mini amongst them.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.