Update November 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 15/11/2013

Another week passes by, and Christmas gets just that little bit closer, damn fast! Senior exams are well underway, the Christmas shopping isn’t, but we’re working on that one. The water temperature is just starting to climb, and there are a few hardy souls braving the waves for a ride or two, and some fishing I guess. Remember if you catch the quota and need someone to look after a snapper or three I am happy to help out!! Kind and caring aren’t I? It’s sad but a reminder that with the warmer weather comes the opportunity for thieves, so be aware when you open windows and doors of where you are on the property and what belongings you’ve left about too.

He’s so excited his cheeks went rosy red when I mentioned the Go Waihi Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi was on Saturday December 7. Rudolph’s nose lit up too and Mrs Claus ears pricked up as well, as she’s heard the eateries are fantastic and the shopping‘s great. Add some elves, another reindeer or six and we’re about right for the Santa float. The rest of the floats are up to you and your club or group, society or church, school or business, bunch of friends and family. You don’t need an excuse to join in Waihi’s fun day, more a reason you weren’t there. No cost to register, just a happy attitude and a big smile will do. Registration forms are at Hauraki District Council’s Waihi office, Waihi Library, Gold FM and Harcourt’s Waihi. They’re also on our website, along with the information sheet. Grab it, read it, fill it out and post it back – or scan and email. Then tick the ‘done that’ box and you can start putting your float together. We have $200 for the best float and lots of others for Most Chrismassy, loudest, happiest and probably one just for turning up.

Would you like a stall on Waihi’s Market Day and Christmas Parade? We’re after diversity, things to add to the already wide mix of goods available in our district. Got something that stands out? Get in touch with Go Waihi and let’s get you streetside leading up to the Big Parade at 1 pm. Fundraisers, some spare cash for summer or just got lots of knickknacks that catch the eye, now’s the time to get in touch. You could add to the stalls being put out by local shops for a bit of flavour. Numbers are limited so get in early.

Spot the odd one out. Actually there isn’t one; they’re all going to be at the annual Waihi A & P Show this weekend. Hopefully you and your family can get along for some good old grass roots farming fun. Actually for those entering it’s serious stuff, and we’ll see some of the top animals on display and competing for the ribbons and trophies. Take some dollars along for the food and refreshments and the stalls too. There’re some rides for the youngies as well, so it should be a fantastic day highlighting our farming heritage. Congrats Waihi A & P on your 75th anniversary. $12 gets the whole family in, and it’s just $2 to park your car. The venue hasn’t changed, just off SH2 along Parry Palm Ave on the road from Waihi heading into the Karangahake Gorge.

Rest assured it’s not mine, but 16 beautiful and different gardens are currently getting the treatment so they’re at their best for next weekend when they get the going over by hundreds of enthusiasts wanting ideas and to see what can be done, and what it takes. From green houses to ponds, succulents to edible flowers, there’s bound to be something you haven’t seen or heard about before, then it’s just a case of putting it into practise so the Waihi Lions can add your place to their next Garden Ramble. Tickets are at all garden centres in the region and also Lions members. They’re $20 each or $18 for groups of 10 plus, then you’ll have the list of gardens as well as the map. Take water, a hat, probably some note paper and possibly something to keep the energy levels up as you ramble through the gardens on display. All funds raised go to Hetherington House Trust and the Lions Cancer Lodge.

Radio Daze is the end of year production for Waihi Drama Society, a trip down memory lane for a lot of people. And for others too young to remember it’s going to be a fun learning curve when the season starts on November 20. There are night and matinee shows and it’s just $20 for adults and $10 for children. From It’s In the Bag to The Lone Ranger, it’s all there and you’ll be part of the ‘live audience’. Tickets are available at United Video in Seddon St Waihi, remember there’s no eftpos.

Over the summer period we get inundated with visitors around our region. What’s there to do, when’s it on, who can go, what’s the cost, what time does it start, what’s going to be there, where’s it being held and why? All questions I can answer and put on our web and talk about to people … if I know about it. So if you have something coming up, include Go Waihi on your list of people to keep informed. Early rather than later as I do have deadlines with the paper and it’s good to have the info up there so when people are planning their holiday they can see well in advance what’s happening here. Let’s keep them busy while they’re here.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Life is the original ‘limited time’ offer.