Update May 14

Posted by Go Waihi on 14/05/2013

I hope Mother’s Day was a treat; the weather certainly played its part. Queen’s Birthday is heading our way and I’m hoping we get a decent break; after all it’s the last official holiday we get in almost five months. Mind you, the rate this year’s going it’ll be here before we know it. We’ve had some great local sport on, get along if you can. A bit of fresh air while the weather’s fine has to be good for you. There’re still a few BBQ’s to be had early evenings, and the shorts are still hanging in there, from time to time. If you’re visiting our neck of the woods, welcome. Just ask any local what there is to do, or where things are, we’re a friendly bunch.

Raising funds for their end of year Jamboree has the Waihi Scouts rolling up their sleeves and putting in the hard yards with a Jumbo Garage Sale on Saturday May 25. From 9 am there’ll be whiteware, electrical goods, furniture, TV’s, clothing and lots more for the bargain hunter. They’ll gladly take any donations of good quality goods that will help them raise funds. They’ll be at the scout hall in Baker St on Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.30 pm for any donations, and they’re happy to pick things up too. Phone Paul on 07 863 6696.

If you’ve got that problem of an old battery lying around your place, Rotary Trust of Waihi can help. And you’ll be helping them at the same time. They’re fundraising for Hetherington House. Whether it’s from your car, boat, caravan, tractor or just sitting in the corner, drop it off at Purcell’s Panelworks on the Tauranga Rd in Waihi. One less hazardous item, and more dollars in the Rotary Trust coffers, which goes back out into our own community.

There’re sure to be some interesting creations again this year with Arty Bras returning on July 6. Your hosts for 2013 are Waihi Bluelight Ventures. The time has come to get an entry form, peruse the six categories, choose which you’d like to enter, and GET CREATING! Trust me; the categories give you plenty of opportunity to, shall we say think outside of the cup. Entry forms are here, and the email is artybras@gmail.com.

Category by category, Rotary Trust of Waihi and Waihi Beach Lions will sort the donations of books being dropped off in Waihi at Mobil Seddon St and BP in Rosemont Rd, Home Hardware at Waihi Beach and Caltex in Paeroa. You can also donate any DVD’s and CD’s you’d like to ‘send to a good home’ as well as games and puzzles that are complete and in good nick. It’s their big fundraiser for the year, and they can pick up anything too, just call 07 863 5722. Then replenish your shelves on Queen’s Birthday Saturday and Sunday at St John Anglican Church Hall, and you’ll be set for a few wet days and nights in the coming months.

Don’t panic, our Go Waihi Trolley Derby isn’t until October 5, but now’s a great time to start your search for the axles, wheels, steering wheel and possibly a comfortable seat to put together your entry. We’ll have our adults and children sections, an open class and the Emergency Services Challenge is back again. It’s a fun day, and judging by the number of people I’ve overheard saying they’d love to get behind the wheel, we’ll have some crazy, fun entries again this year.

For eleven months of the year a dedicated group of people get together to create the annual ECHO Walking Festival in April and May. This year we had another 30 plus walks from the Kaimai’s to the Coromandel, all guided, all free, with the opportunity for most walks of life to get out there and enjoy our back yard. From family friendly one hour strolls to full day excursions forwarding streams and seeing our back country, it was all on offer this year, our tenth anniversary. The team want to thank you for making it worth all the effort. That’s Katch Katikati, Go Waihi, Waihi Sport N Action, Positive Paeroa, DOC and Sport Waikato. To the volunteers, thanks heaps, and to those who allowed us on your property for a unique walk, again thanks. We’re about to start looking at year eleven, 2014, and we’d love you to join us. Keep an eye on the website, the programme should be out before Christmas.

Rotary Trust of Waihi’s ‘old hand’ at their Car Boot Sales on the first and third Sundays at Waihi Memorial RSA car park is handing over the reins to another couple to carry on the good work. Robin Moore’s been doing the job a lot longer than she expected, around eighteen years I think, and she’s made lots of friends along the way. Good on your Robin, enjoy your ‘retirement’. This Sunday will be Robin’s last, starting at 8.30 am weather permitting, and as always there’ll be a wide variety of goods on offer through the morning. Just turn up with $6 for a car boot space or $10 if you’d like to add the trailer as well. That’ll get used by Rotary in our community.


  • A bird in the hand is safer than one overhead.
  • The old know more about being young than the young know about being old.