Update June 13

Posted by Go Waihi on 13/06/2013

Here comes the weekend, just the two days but still an opportunity to ‘do your own thing’.  With the changeable weather it’s probably a good idea to have the indoors idea in place as well as planning outdoor activities. Either way, it’s a nice feeling going into the weekend with a few of your own plans, and sometimes to have not too many plans. We’re a week away from the start to Waihi’s Matariki Celebrations, which are all open to the public. There’s more on this below. Rug up, stay dry and keep an eye on youngies, the not so youngies and for frosts on the road when the cooler temperatures head our way.

Waihi schools have combined to bring you four community events to mark Matariki. First up next Thursday is the combined schools Hikoi, you can join representatives from each school walking from the Poppet Head at the top of Seddon St right into the middle of town, ending at Waihi Memorial Hall where they will put on a performance. Then at 6 am sharp on Sunday June 23, you’re invited to be at ANZAC Bay at the top car park to experience the Dawn Viewing and explanation of Matariki. I’ll have more details next week about the Tapawai Tournament on July 2 and the Community Celebration at Waihi Community Marae for all your family and friends on Thursday July 4. Take part and celebrate this unique New Zealand event.

Arty Bras 2013 is on Saturday July 6 with Waihi Bluelight Ventures. Entries are ‘just’ still being accepted if you contact the organisers at artybras@gmail.com. With six categories it’s going to be interesting to see the finished products being paraded on stage by blokes with their chests puffed out. And there’s lots of other entertainment on the night too. Tickets are $25 and on sale at La Diva, Whisk Cafe and Fowlers Surf & Fashion Shop in Waihi, and at Ebony at Waihi Beach, or email the organisers.

Not actually of business, more open for visitors. Locals and visitors to town are always welcome at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St. The new lights outside look great, and the museum is always an interesting time for all ages to while away an afternoon. Over winter they’re open Thursday to Monday from midday to 3 pm. It’s inexpensive, and the art gallery is always worth a look too.

Wanted, keen men, women and children. You’re invited to Morgan Park on Sunday morning at 10 to find out about, and share your thoughts on Funday Sunday Social Cricket. If there’s enough interest there could well be teams for men, women and children, and there’s even talk of playing indoors at night. Take bats and balls along for a hit, and get set up for some summer fun. This could be the stepping stone you’ve been looking for. The Black Caps are always on the lookout for up and coming talent.

The Waihi Lions and Martha Women’s Group are putting together a Golden Oldies Variety Concert this Sunday, with an open invitation. Just one thing, if you’d like to go, can you RSVP so they have an idea of numbers for afternoon tea. Sounds fair to me. It’s on from 2 pm to 4 pm at Waihi Memorial Hall, and it’s free. To RSVP phone 07 863 7952, and they can help with transport too, call Brian on 07 863 8698.

That’s the plan. We have some neat things already on the programme, and we’ll happily take on any others that are being organised around the region. If you’ve got an event or an idea for an event, get in touch and let us know. It’s the starting point as Goldfest approaches in October. It could be a fundraiser for your club, something at a restaurant or pub, a group keen to show off what you do or even your regular meet that happens in October. Contact Go Waihi.

I’ve had several calls and emails from people wondering about the date of the Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions. Well, set down Saturday October 5 for our annual Market Day and Trolley Derby. We’re working on the format now, and I can confirm the return of the Emergency Services Challenge, categories for men, women and children, and there’s a rumour there may be a new category this year too. We’ll wait a little before we confirm this, but if it goes ahead it’ll be fun. Why not put a trolley in this year. Entry forms with the rules will be out soon, in the mean time grab a steering wheel, some good wheels, a well tested brake and start piecing your racer together.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If you drive like hell, you’re very likely to get there.