Update June 19

Posted by Go Waihi on 19/06/2013

We won’t notice too much difference yet but with the shortest day / longest night today we should be soaking up an extra minute or two soon. Then it’s just a wait of 14 weeks and a few days until daylight saving returns. Here’s an idea, why not start the Christmas shopping, that way when December arrives you’ll be just about organised. Helpful aren’t I? Winter sports are gearing up to the business end and it’s great to see all the support sideline too. It’s too often the case where ‘the workers’ at the club get overlooked, but without those painting the white lines, tidying the changing rooms, sorting out the tuck shop, washing the team uniforms and making sure all the ducks are in a row that volunteers do that the wheels would very quickly fall off. So big ups to the back room helpers this week!

The combined schools around Waihi are celebrating the Maori New Year, Matariki, with several events. The Hikoi, or walk set for Thursday has been postponed due to the weather and will now go ahead on Monday 24th June (meet at 11.30 at the Poppet Head, and the Hikoi is at midday). It's going to be great to see representatives from all the schools and preschools heading from the Poppet Head at the top of Seddon St down the main road to the Waihi Memorial Hall, singing Waiata and performing along the way as well as in front of the hall. Join them on the Hikoi, or watch from the streetside.

On Sunday you’re invited to ANZAC Bay at the top car park at Bowentown to mark Matariki, and the dawn. Hopefully you’ll get to see the Matariki cluster, watch the sun rise while listening to local stories and hear about the history to the Maori New Year. Set the alarm for ‘very early’ and be there ready for a start at 6 am sharp. Then on Tuesday July 2 there’s a Tapawai Tournament at Waihi Central School, and finally the Community Concert at Waihi Community Marae will be a good one for the whole family with all the schools performing items and there’ll be a hangi (pre-book at your school for this) and other food and refreshments available too. This is set down for Thursday June 4 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Waihi College RUGNET (that’s rugby and netball teams just in case you’re slower than me) is raising funds for their trip to Australia with a Night At the Races. If you’re keen for a laugh trying to pick which horse gets past the post before the others then you’ll be right at home with a friend or ten at Waihi College hall on Saturday June 29. It’s race night with 8 on the card. A good night’s on the cards too, with a complementary drink, nibbles and plenty of laughs all for $12, or a table of ten for $100. Tickets are at the college office and at the Waihi Beach chemist. Tote opens at 7.15 pm with the first race set to go at 7.30 pm, the bar’ will be up and running and there’s a courtesy van available for a gold coin donation too.

That could be the case with events coming up around the region. If you haven’t sent any information through to Go Waihi then we can’t let others know about whatever it is you’re holding. We’re forever being asked what’s happening, when and where, so if you’re hosting an event let us know. We may be able to put something up on the website, we can definitely answer any inquiries and it’s always good to have the info at hand for this column. It’s never too early to receive information, even the basics, and as you get more, feed it through. Email your poster, write a line or three with the details, but do get in touch with Go Waihi in the early planning stages.

The grey matter gets a rest with this year’s theme to Waihi Beach’s Op Shop Ball. Black and white are in, and now’s the time to be planning your outfit for Saturday July 13. Raising money for new seats at the Community Centre as well as Christmas lights for the Wilson Rd shops, you’ll be doing everyone a good turn by turning up for a ‘ball’. Tickets are $35 at Home Hardware at Waihi Beach and include the band and supper. Hey you could confuse everyone by going along in white and black! That’d get them talking.

Arty Bras 2013 with Waihi Bluelight Ventures is shaping up, pardon the pun, nicely with some crazy entries. And you can still get your last minute effort into the show by emailing artybras@gmail.com. You can download an entry form, let them know you’re working on the ‘brasterpiece’ and get it in by June 30. Tickets are also available via email, or call into Ebony at Waihi Beach or La Diva in Waihi. They’re $25 and include entertainment from comedienne / magician Jarred Fell, a complimentary drink, nibbles and the whole arty bra show. There’s a surprise or two on the night too so don’t miss out, get along and support a great cause while enjoying a night out.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Give me ambiguity or give me something else.