Update July 11

Posted by Go Waihi on 11/07/2013

Welcome to another school holiday break. I don’t think they came around so quickly when I was at school. Mind you, in those days we only had three terms a year and there was no mention of pupil fatigue after 8 or so weeks. And now I hear they’re talking about whether homework is a good thing or not. Still, they are the future leaders of our country. I do wonder sometimes though what rules and regulations they’ll set in place to ‘protect’ and look after the generations after them. Maybe we’ll see a return of the jungle gym, Bullrush and paying for things before you get them. The holidays will no doubt be busy around the peninsular so take extra care around roads. At least you don’t have to contend with traffic lights and merging traffic on motorways in our neck of the woods. Free car parking downtown in our mall without walls in Waihi is a great plus, and there’s a ton of parking for bigger vehicles like motorhomes in the car parks one street back from the main shopping centre too. Park up and stay for a day or three, go for a walk along some of the most picturesque tracks in the country, enjoy fine food, friendly old fashioned service, great shopping, a stroll along our beautiful beaches or base yourself here while visiting places around the Coromandel. Waihi, we’re the hub of the Coromandel.

GOT A JOB NEEDS DOING? WE MAY HAVE THE MANPOWER
Waihi College Years 7 & 8 are preparing for the AIMS Games in Tauranga in September. There’ll be 16 different sports with about 189 schools from New Zealand and Australia competing – that’s over 6000 competitors. They need to raise funds to get there, so they’re asking if they can help anyone out in the community with odd jobs suitable for 11 and 12 year old boys. Their aim is $2500, and they’re willing to spring clean, mow, chop, rake, sweep, paint, vacuum, wash, trim, tidy, stack and generally help you with anything they’re capable of to get there. They have parental help if necessary and are willing to do the hard yards, or metres these days I suppose. Contact Brent Willoughby at Waihi College for details and to book in some help on 07 863 8349.

YOU’D BETTER BE QUICK, IT’S TOMORROW (JULY 12th) OR NOT AT ALL
If you want to nominate someone for either the Hauraki District Young Achiever Award or Citizens Award then time’s not on your side. Entries close July 12th for both these awards. Do you know of someone who lives In the Hauraki District aged 13 to 25 that you think deserves the Young Achiever’s Award for their achievements? Do you know of any residents of the Hauraki district deserving the Citizens Awards for an activity within the district or that directly benefits the district? Grab a form from your local HDC office and fill it out then and there, or be really quick and register someone online via the Hauraki District Council website.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND WHAT TO DO, PART 1
Waihi Sport N Action’s Holiday Programme kicks into action next week with table tennis on Wednesday and badminton on Thursday. The following week there’s hockey on Tuesday and also skating organised on Thursday. Take food and drink, and parents are welcome to take part too. Hockey’s free and the rest are just $5 per session. Register and find out more at the Waihi Events Centre or call Pauline on 07 863 7295.

AND PART 2’S PRETTY EXCITING TOO
Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St has a Holiday Programme for the second week of the holidays that I think will be fantastic. Variety plus is on the agenda for 8 to 12 year olds with a scavenger hunt, board games, clay making and team challenges all happening in the Gallery between 10 am and 2 pm. There are also roving reporter and secret agent activities planned. You’d better book for these ‘cos I think they’ll be busy. It’s just $5 a session or $20 for the whole week. Phone Debbie on 863 6373.

NOT TO FORGET THE CHANCE TO CLOWN AROUND!
Waihi Community Resource Centre has a nationally renowned circus skills coach coming on Monday and Tuesday next week to the Waihi Events Centre. For just $10 for two sessions, children from 10 years and up can learn unicycling, Diablo, juggling and more between 10 am and midday. Book ASAP at Waihi Community Resource Centre in Mueller St, Waihi.

GO WAIHI GOLDFEST TROLLEY DERBY DETAILS ON THE HORIZON
We’re busy sorting the details and should have entry forms out shortly for the annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby on Saturday October 5 as part of the Goldfest Celebrations around Waihi. There’s a rumour there may be a new category this year too, so stay tuned for details. If you want to put on an event during Goldfest through October please contact Go Waihi now with whatever details you have, even if it’s just the idea. Then you can work on it from there.

OFF ROAD CAR CLUB ANYONE?
We’re talking the radio controlled type here, but at least I got your attention. Paul’s keen to hear from anyone interested in getting together regularly with these mean machines. If you’re from around the region get in touch and let him know. 022 169 6288 is his number.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Ecstasy is the feeling you have when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you’ve never felt before.