Update October 11

Posted by Go Waihi on 11/10/2013

Last chance to vote in the local body elections and you’ll have to drop off your form at the council offices to get it in before the deadline tomorrow. There are lots of visitors around the region enjoying the holidays, and plenty of people trying out the new section of the Hauraki Rail Trail between Waihi and Waikino too. Feedback is very positive with most thinking it’s very picturesque, not too difficult and one they’d do again. Waihi’s Goldfest is rolling along nicely. The weather’s been kind through most of the holidays, the events keep coming, and so do the people. Grab a programme and check out what’s coming up. Participation is paramount, and as always with Go Waihi, Rule Number 1 is to have FUN.

Tonight Jarred Fell, the award winning New Zealand comedian, is performing in Waihi at Waihi Memorial Hall. This is a fund raiser for Waihi Community Youth Trust, so get along and take your laughing gear for this R18 show. Doors open at 7.15 with the show starting at 8 pm. $20 or $25 at the door. Call Karen on 021 722 020 for tickets and details. Tomorrow Waihi’s International Academy has 20 Taiwanese students flying in to entertain you in the Waihi Memorial Hall from 11 am until around 12.30 pm. This free show will include traditional ancient Chinese instruments, rather large drums, unicycles, dances, rollerblades and we’ll get to enjoy the Lion Dance too. Sunday you’re invited to Gilmour Lake for the combined clubs Model Boat Day, Boats On Gilmour. Schooners, steam boats, warships, yachts, ketches, launches and cruise liners up to 3 metres will be cruising and sailing around the lake, and the enthusiasts are always keen to share their knowledge and passion with visitors. Take a picnic.

Check out photos from the Goldfields Railway Train Trip Holdup on last weekend as part of the Goldfest celebrations!

We have a plethora of things still to come (note to self – look up plethora). But it’s not just for kids eh! I had a great time at Kava Bar last Sunday enjoying Sarah Spicer performing, the food and atmosphere. There are some more ‘grown up’ things to come so check the programme out and DO IT! For example, the XTerra Trail Challenge next weekend. A chance to challenge yourself, push the limits and enjoy the beauty of our own back yard. There’s also the Miner’s Seat Unveiling at Gilmour Lake at 11 am next Saturday, and there’s music in and outside the Waihi Memorial Hall alongside the monthly Martha Market next Saturday as well. The Big Gold Dig is coming up over Labour Weekend, and so is Let’s Fly a Kite at Island View Reserve at the beach. Goldfields Railway’s Wine & Cheese Evening Train Ride with Sarah Spicer entertaining you will be fun and Waihi Beach School’s Fun Fair is a must do too. Programmes around town have all events and they’re available here on our website too, Download a Goldfest Programme.

STOP, SHOP & WIN $1000
It’s the Go Waihi Pot of Gold and it’s got to go. Your part is to shop in participating stores as often as you like until the end of Goldfest, that’s October 31. Every purchase gets you in the draw for 1000 $1 coins. That’s as long as you fill out your name and contact details and put them in the box provided of course. Shop ’til you drop and get in the draw as many times as you like. We’ll draw the winner with the police live on Gold FM at 8.10 am on Tuesday November 5. Good luck and happy local shopping.

Hidden in the windows of dozens of shops in Waihi’s CBD are Crunchies. Also in several shops scattered through town are the list of all the shops taking part in the Go Waihi Guess the Number of Crunchies Competition. They’re sorted into areas through town to make it a little easier to check if you’ve looked in all the windows. There are entry forms in most shops and they tell you to drop off your completed form before midday on Monday into one of the boxes at Waihi Library, Waihi Hauraki District Council office, the bus booking office at the visitor centre and at Gold FM in the Dorsel Building, 17 Haszard St. The closest three entries will get $100, $75 or $50 for your effort.

The Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogy has their national president Michelle Patient coming to Waihi Museum next Saturday October 19 as well as Chairman of their Computing Group David Bryant. You’re invited to hear them speak on safeguarding your data, getting more out of your Google search, citing and recording sources and genealogy mailing lists, and the facts, fun and fiction of family history. $10 for all or part of the day from 9.30 am to 4 pm with a BYO lunch. Call 07 863 6063 or email Waihi@genealogy.org.nz for details.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: When I was younger I had to walk all the way to the TV to change the channel.