Update September 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/09/2013

I’ve got the good guys fighting the bad guys at the moment with a bit of the flu, and the good guys are winning! I heard somewhere that a sneeze can travel about five or so metres, although with my hand over my mouth I’ve stopped shaking hands for the moment. It’s great to see figures showing visitor numbers to NZ are up this year, and our exodus across the Tasman seems to be slowing. What’s the old saying, don’t leave town ‘til you’ve seen the country? Local body elections are approaching in just over a month; it’s your chance to have a say in what happens in your community so do vote, or stay quiet and put up with your representatives decisions with a smile won’t you.

The mix of entries has enabled Waihi Beach Memorial RSA, Go Waihi and Gold FM to hold Waihi’s Got Talent all on the one night, Friday September 20. It means an extended show, and an interesting variety of performances promises for a great night. Judges Shona Laing, a household name in the New Zealand music industry, and Saelyn Guyton, presenter of My Country Song and winner of the prestigious New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in 2010 will both be entertaining the audience too, so it’s an evening not to be missed. It’s always great to see the youngsters getting up on stage and giving it their all so get along and check out who could be gracing our screens and stages in the future.

The Waihi Inline Hockey Club’s Rock Star Skate Night is on Friday 6th September from 6 pm to 8.30 pm at the Waihi Events Centre. Important stuff first, there’s a parents lounge, so you’re sorted. The kids will love the big screen sounds and if they dress like a rock star they could win a prize. There’ll be spot prizes too; a cafe with refreshments and the skates are covered with the $5 entry.

Garage sales are always interesting. Gigantic Garage Sales are even better, and Waihi Scouts have one on Saturday morning from 9 am. They’re raising funds to get to the Jamboree and this is a way you can benefit as well as the scouts. Their hall in Baker St behind Morgan Park is the venue and the early bird will get the best pick of all the goods for sale. As the scouts say, ‘be prepared’, for some great bargains.

Next Friday the 13th, the Waihi Central School Women’s Expo Fundraiser is being held at Waihi Memorial Hall. Entertainment, auctions, food and refreshments, a fashion display, live DJ and more from 6 pm to late will make for a good night out. Get your tickets for $10 from Waihi Central School office, and grab another one for a friend. PS it’s R18, OK?

The Hauraki Rail Trail is coming to Waihi, with the last leg being created as you read this. Our Go Waihi Business After 5 Meeting for Waihi business owners and managers is this Wednesday at ‘A Place To Stay’, at the top of Seddon St by the Poppet Head. Join us for an update from the HDC Project Manager and the Rail Trail Trust Administrator. You’ll meet some of the other businesses who will help cater to riders and walkers needs when they come our way, and you may hear of some ways your business could benefit too. Please register before Wednesday with Go Waihi, contact details are around here somewhere – there they are at the bottom.

There’s going to be a Waihi Community Concert on Tuesday September 17 at Waihi Baptist Church Auditorium. Starting at 7 pm there’ll be performances by Waihi Central School Choir and Senior Singers, Waihi Glee and Waihi Community Singers, along with a couple of surprise guests I’ve heard. They’ll all present their own pieces, and sing together too so it’ll be an entertaining night with everything from African folk tunes to Rihanna being performed. Kids are welcome, it’s a family event and the show lasts about an hour and a half.

Go Waihi’s Trolley Derby with an extra category for Skateboards this year is on Saturday October 5, about a month away. Yes, it’s a fun event during Goldfest with prizes awarded for fastest trolley, funniest trolley, just for turning up, an exciting ride as judged by the gasps of the crowd and any other reason we can find a prize for. Entry forms are at Waihi Library, HDC’s Waihi service centreand Gold FM. Skateboarders are invited along too. Fowlers Surf & Fashion has scored some great Element prizes – a skateboard, backpack, hoody and more, and you get to ride down Haszard St, legally! It’s free to enter, and thanks to Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club for running the races.

We‘re already putting the programme together, so if you’re going to hold an event around Waihi region I need your information please. Who, where, what, when, cost and just a few more details and you’ll be in the programme. Please email them through ASAP. This is a great way to showcase how busy small towns are, and we have some neat events lined up. Our thanks to MacMahons and Leicons, our major sponsors; Waihi thanks you for getting in behind our town and supporting this month long region wide event.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Broken pencils are pointless.