Update November 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/11/2013

The weekends seem to roll around so quickly you’re just thinking about what to do and it’s time to head back to work. Christmas will be here before we know it and the New Year won’t be far behind. Shorts seem to be out for summer, and the sunscreen should be on as well. The garden’s getting some attention at my place, but then snails are not the best thing to be tending your seedlings. I hope your fireworks went off with a bang, and everyone enjoyed themselves. I still haven’t gone for that first swim, but others I’ve spoken to say it’s not too bad, just a little chilly. Good luck if you’re sitting the senior NCEA and Scholarship exams, it’s not long until they’re over so put the effort in and then relax while you wait for the results, if that’s possible.

It’s the last Go Waihi BA5 for the year this coming Wednesday and we’re inviting Waihi business owners and managers to get together socially and to also hear from Waihi Police Sergeant Aaron Fraser who has some suggestions on keeping your shop or workplace safe from crime heading into summer. If you’d like to be there please contact Go Waihi for details and to register.

Congratulations to Wendy Lynch from Waihi who won the $1000 Stop Shop and Win Pot of Gold Promotion. During Goldfest a lot of shops in and around Waihi took part by inviting customers to enter the draw to win 1000 $1 coins. It was as easy as shopping locally, and judging by the thousands of entries you did just that. It would have saved you time travelling, petrol, car parking costs and of course it showed the wide variety of goods and services available at competitive prices right in our own region. Service with a smile came at no extra charge.

Take a walk around 16 gardens and see if you can come away saying you haven‘t learnt a thing. The Waihi Lions Garden Ramble is on across Saturday and Sunday November 23 and 24. Between 9 am and 4.30 pm you can look at urban and rural gardens, glass houses, orchards, manmade lakes and ponds, cacti and succulents. There are quirky structures, edible gardens, donkeys, garden ornaments, water features and ideas galore for your next garden project. $20 a ticket or $18 each for groups of 10 plus includes the programme and maps and they’re available at garden centres and from Waihi Lions members. Funds raised go to Hetherington House and the Lions Cancer Lodge.

Gloria at Waihi Motor Camp has been there ten years, and she’s celebrating by hosting a free family fun day tomorrow. From 2 pm to 9 pm there’s a lot happening at the camp on Waitete Rd, Waihi, from a kid’s talent quest and a sausage sizzle, to volley ball, a trampoline and swimming pool. There’s entertainment by Sarah Spicer, Rivers, Jyoshna and Kavita and Quarter Acre, and you’re invited with your family and friends. Why not take a picnic and enjoy all the festivities.

The last production for 2013 is a trip down memory lane with Waihi Drama Society inviting you along to be part of the live audience for, and I quote, “ this most variety-filled of variety shows”. There’s a mix of the money or the bag, the Lone Ranger and lots more, all packed into the one show. Tickets are $20, or $10 for under 12’s, at United Video in Seddon St, cash or cheque only. Shows run from November 20 to 30.

Three days a week Waihi Playcentre opens their doors for families of newborns through to school age children to enjoy their facilities in a hands-on setting. It’s an opportunity for families to play and learn alongside their young. At tomorrow’s Open Day from 10 am to 1 pm they invite you to check out their facilities and see all the improvements they’ve made at their early childhood education centre in Consols St Waihi. Face painting will be popular and I’m sure the Devonshire Teas will be too.

Waihi’s annual Christmas Parade is on Saturday December 7. Registration forms are out now and available at Waihi Library, the Hauraki District Council offices in Seddon St, at Gold FM and I’m emailing them out to anyone who’d like to have a float. Just give Go Waihi a call or send an email and we’ll send the details. Santa’s set for a big day; Rudolf loves the scenery and Mrs Claus says she’s already got a shopping list for while she’s here.

Leading up to the Christmas Parade on Saturday December 7 Waihi has our annual Market Day so you can do lots of Christmas shopping and enjoy a carnival atmosphere. We’re interested in hearing from folk wanting a stall on the day. If you’d like to have a stall, get in touch soon and we’ll send you a registration form. Lots of shops take advantage of the day too with stalls, sales and specials and we’ll have some entertainment through the morning too.

The annual Waihi A & P Show next weekend is gearing up to be a great time for the whole family with entries coming in for a wide variety of categories, and plenty for townies to enjoy too. Saturday’s the big day with everything from miniature horses and very small cows, to side shows, food and refreshments and rides, everyone’s well catered for. Cows and horses, goats and sheep, kids sections, side saddle riding and Arabian horses, hacks and ponies all get to go centre ring for the judges, and I’ve only skimmed the surface. It’s not too late to enter either. Call Marilyn on 07 863 8243 or email marilyn@ktd.co.nz for a schedule, and good luck. It’s great value with family passes just $12. The A & P Showgrounds are beside Parry Palm Ave, along SH2 in Waihi.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: People who sleep in socks must be very very small.