Update June 7

Posted by Go Waihi on 07/06/2013

I hope you had a good long weekend. I’m definitely going to have another one of those before Labour weekend, maybe two. I even saw people swimming; that’s great for this time of year. The shortest day is looming up, and so is Matariki, the Maori New Year. Waihi schools alongside the community are celebrating with a variety of events, more below on this. I’m keen for a BBQ or three before the cooler weather kicks in, the outdoors as always is inviting and looking beautiful.

That stands for *Gold Discovery Centre, which has been in the planning stages for quite some time now. Well, wheels are starting to turn I hear with HDC Mayor John Tregidga announcing at a council meeting last week that sign offs have happened, everyone’s on board and the new scaled down version will start to take shape very soon, and could be operational early next year. It’s another piece of progress for Waihi that will attract a lot of visitors.

We’re a couple of weeks away from the start of Waihi combined schools Matariki Celebrations. This is the Maori New Year, unique to New Zealand. It’s great to see the schools coming together and inviting the community to take part in several events too. There’s a Hikoi into the centre of town, Community Celebration at Waihi Community Marae, a Tapawai Competition and Dawn Viewing at ANZAC Bay. I’ll keep you posted with dates and details, and do take part, it’ll be informative and a lot of fun. Now, let’s start thinking of a new year’s resolution that will stick. Hmmmm.

Organised by the Historic Places Trust, this Sunday Brigid Gallagher, a well know archaeologist will lead a walk around ANZAC Bay to view and hear the history of several sites dating back to very early times. It will include an urupa, pa, workshops and settlement sites. It starts at 2 pm and should last about two hours. To book ring 07 577 4530 or email jhetherington@historic.org.nz.

Netsafe, supported by Waihi Police, are hosting a free evening on Tuesday at Waihi College to address this situation. There are lots of things parents, caregivers and even children can do to reduce this risk, some very simple things that you may not have thought of. It’s something that affects a lot of people, so why not join them between 7 pm and 9 pm and find out more. Supper’s provided by the way.

Flat or otherwise Hetherington House would like your battery. Whether it’s from your car, boat, caravan, bus, truck, tractor or just sitting under the bench in the garage with no home to go to, take it to Purcell’s Panelworks in Waihi, on the Tauranga Rd. It solves your problem of what to do with the darn thing, and gets some much needed dollars in to Hetherington House Rest Home and Hospital. For pick up call 863 8526.

Arty Bras 2013, brought to you by Waihi Bluelight Ventures this year, is on Saturday July 6 at Waihi Beach Community Centre. That’s where we’ll get to see the finished products. Entries have to be in by this Sunday, and with six ‘unique’ categories I’d hazard a guess it’s going to be a real laugh this year, and really ‘out there’. Entry forms are on our website, or email artybras@gmail.com and they’ll get one out to you. You can get your early bird tickets there too.

Well I can’t be more direct than that. On Sunday June 16 Waihi Lions and Martha Women’s Group are putting this afternoon on at the Waihi Memorial Hall, and you are invited. In fact, if you don’t turn up they’ll be disappointed. Between 2 pm and 4 pm you’ll be entertained for free, all they ask is that you RSVP to 07 863 7952, for catering purposes. That’s not too much to ask. In fact they can even help with transport, call Brian on 07 863 8698.

Newmont Waihi Gold has appealed the Commissioners decision on their Golden Link Project and Correnso Underground Mine Resource Consent application. So what will happen now? Then what? How could this affect you and your business? Is it business as usual? Why am I asking so many questions? If you’re a Waihi business owner or manager why not come to Go Waihi’s Business After 5 Meeting this Wednesday from just after 5 pm at their shop next to Waihi Memorial Hall. Please RSVP so we know numbers, it makes catering easier.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Freedom is doing what you like, happiness is liking what you do.