Update October 4

Posted by Go Waihi on 04/10/2013

Almost one week into the school holidays and there’s plenty to keep the youngies busy. And the young at heart are well catered for with Waihi’s Goldfest too. We’ve got something to suit almost everybody so make a day trip or stay a little longer, there’s plenty to keep you and yours entertained. It’s down to the business end and time to vote in the local body elections. Yes, have your say, or accept the decisions made by those chosen by those who do vote. Labour Weekend will be here before we know it, which means Christmas isn’t too far behind, which leads on to another new year. Better start thinking of an achievable resolution.

We started with the opening of the Waihi to Waikino leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail and won’t stop until the Light Party on October 31. During the school holidays Waihi has events most days, and some pretty fun and interesting things are on offer. For little or no cost you can enjoy things like the International Academy Traditional Cultural Show with Taiwanese students playing traditional instruments, drums, dancing and riding unicycles! There’s a kite day, Art Waikino over Labour Weekend as well as a couple of great themed train trips, one for kids and another for adults. Programmes are all around Waihi and can be downloaded here. Get your hands on a few and spread them around your friends.

Starters’ flags will drop and they’ll be heading down Haszard St in Waihi, sweeping nonchalantly into Seddon St and the finish line, well maybe a little more hectic than that. Big smiles, that feeling of having done it and the opportunity to win some great prizes all culminate in a couple of hours exciting entertainment. We’re talking the annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby, and this year we’ve included a run or three for skateboarders, with some great Element prizes from Fowlers Surf & Fashion. It’s all hands on deck for Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club who are running the races and looking after the course. Get a good spot, ready for racing soon after midday and if you still want to enter, you’d better hurry! The Emergency Services are all quiet at present, that’s a worry. What have the St John, Waihi Beach Coastguard, Police and Fire and Rescue got planned? Remember, lean into the corners and ‘smile for all the cameras’.

Tomorrow night it’s Oktoberfest at Waihi RSA, Sunday’s Special Train Trip for children has a surprise or two in store for passengers, and Victoria Battery in Waikino is open too. On Monday the Waihi Library school holiday programme continues, and Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St has Treasure Hunts. There’s a Gold Morning Tea, skating, Beyond the Pit special mine tours, the chance to try cultural crafts, some Kitchen Chemistry and the Trail Ride and Train trip. Wood Works and a Gold Hunt see a pretty diverse line up over the coming week. I dare you to do at least one of these activities. Programmes on our web have details and they’re spread around Waihi too. Remember, Rule No 1 is to Have FUN.

Simply shop in participating stores in Waihi and put your proof of purchase with your name and contact details in the box provided and you’re in the draw to win 1,000 one dollar coins, in a Pot of Gold. Yes, one thousand dollars, that’s $1000. Pay off a bill or two or treat yourself, you choose. The more you shop the more chances you have of winning. Simple eh! The $1000 Pot of Gold runs throughout October and Goldfest. You can enter as many times as you like and it’s drawn on Tuesday November 5.

Go Waihi is sponsoring the Guess the Number of Crunchies in the Shop Windows Competition, because it’s got the longest title basically. Check out all the shops with Crunchie wrappers in the window, fill out an entry form available at most shops, and then drop it off at Waihi Library in Seddon St, Gold FM level one 17 Haszard St or Waihi’s HDC office in Seddon St. This isn’t just for kids, but I must admit they seem to get the closest. Up for grabs $!00, $75 and $50 so pull out your calculator, a pen and paper or abacus and start your count. There are lists in several shop windows of which shops have Crunchies in their windows. This comp runs until the end of the school holidays and is a great one to get fit.

We’re talking Art Waikino and their 13th annual exhibition over Labour Weekend. Entries are being taken now for the art, handcraft, photography, photography of people and the new category of sculpture. Costs and closing dates are on the entry forms. You can email artwaikino@gmail.com or call Helen on 07 863 6974. Remember to visit the historic Victoria Hall in Waikino to view the art and everything is for sale too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I’ve never been skydiving, but I’ve zoomed in on Google Earth really, really fast.