Update February 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/02/2013

We had another great weekend with lots on and then Waitangi Day to split the working week up. If only we could come up with a reason to cut the five days to four and still get paid the same we’d be onto a winner. I hate to say it but with Daylight Saving there’re only a couple of months before we wind clocks back. Beaches are still busy, we still have lots of visitors enjoying our fantastic summer and of course we’re starting to see a little routine with schools back. So when’s the next official holiday? Don’t tell me it’s Easter at the end of March! I told you not to tell me that!! Oh and hey, happy Valentines Day for next Thursday, I hope you get treated and also look after your special other.

That’s the Go Waihi Business After 5 meetings for 2013. Our first is this Wednesday at Max McLean’s Dickey Flat property. Max has kindly offered to take 24 in his bus so be quick to reply if you’d like to be aboard. If not meet us there just after 5 pm for some sausages, onions, salad and bread, along with something to wash it down. We’ll catch up with HDC Mayor John Tregidga and Mark Buttimore with a ‘this is where we’re at and here’s where we’re going’ look at 2013. We’ll also get a chance to catch up ourselves; it’s been a while since early November last year. Please RSVP if you’d like to come, and mention the bus if you want to be on board.

We’re just a couple of months away from Waihi’s Warm Up Party to kick off Beach Hop and you’re invited. There’ll be plenty to see and do, and probably a bit left over so make sure you put a ring around Wednesday March 20 and get set for a great time with hundreds of hot rods and classic cars parked up for the day, trophies for best of both, prizes for best dressed guy and gal, the Gold FM Drag Race up the centre of town at 12.30 pm and all sorts of specials, sales and stalls galore. It’s one not to be missed with bands playing through town all day and a relaxed enjoyable day for car enthusiasts and others as well.

Year 10 for ECHO Walking Festival starts on April 20 and ends 32 walks later on May 5. Brochures give you the outline of all the walks, and the web has the full story and that’s where you book. It’s probably not a silly idea to have an early look as some of these  walks are across private land and not available any other time to do; therefore they book out early. From the casual family wander to a full day’s trek there’s something to suit most people, ages and abilities.

EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE – Saturday February 23
Here’s your opportunity to visit the International Academy on Landlyst Rd in Golden Valley Waihi and get up close with the Taiwanese culture. Called the Formosa (the former name of Taiwan) Culture Experience, there’ll be a Chinese art exhibition, done to music I believe, a cultural musical concert featuring ancient Chinese instruments played by experts who are flying out to perform, glove puppetry and Lion Dances and the opportunity to get up close and talk with and watch these artists at work. There’re even martial art exhibitions, and lunch is included in the entry fee. Check our website for costs, times and where to buy tickets.

Tomorrow Waikino Cricket Club take on Auckland Old Boys at the Rec with the first ball bowled at about 11 am. This is the 66th year they’ve played for the Andy Kelly Shield and currently Auckland hold it. ‘Not for long’ say our locals, so get along and support them if you can. There’ll be a BBQ and refreshments available and it’s easy to find. Head along SH2 to Waikino and look for the signs at Seddon St, next to the Waikino train station. Remember to take a friend, some $$’s for the refreshments, sunblock, a chair or two or a blanket, the sunhat and your VOCALS!!

Both Waihi Glee and Waihi Community Singers start again next week. Waihi Community Singers meet at the Waihi Central School hall on Monday afternoon between 6.30 pm and 8 pm and would love to see some new men and women joining them. It’s just $3 weekly to help with the hall hire. Singing, dancing and playing instruments is what it’s all about for Waihi Glee, and they’d also like to form a band this year. They practice on Tuesdays at Waihi Baptist Church Auditorium from 5 pm to 6.30 pm and are after new members too, anyone between 12 and 18’s welcome. For more info contact Angela on 027 662 8826.

The Victoria Battery will be open on Sunday. It’s a great place for some history with train rides, a kiln tunnel and museum to view and large grounds that are open every day. Just a few dollars gets you the guided tour. Waihi Museum’s a good place to check out too. In Kenny St they have regular exhibitions and there’s a myriad of information about Waihi’s mining and general history in the same building. And don’t forget to have a look at Martha Mine, something unique in Waihi. A working mine right beside the main CBD, literally a stone’s throw from your car – that’s if it’s parked at the top of Seddon St by the iconic Pumphouse, which by the way is the finishing place for The Nugget Multisport Festival that’s returning again in April. Why not enter; there are runs / walks ranging from 5 kms to the full Nugget.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: All’s well that ends.