Update April 14

Posted by Go Waihi on 14/04/2014

Here we go! Easter will soon be here and the cities are heading our way. We welcome you to our piece of paradise. It would be great if you took your rubbish away and left some great memories. Busy roads, extra cues at the cafes, takeaways and restaurants and still a ton of room to spare so chill out and enjoy your break. I hope Easter is a fantastic time for you, your family and friends. There’s plenty to keep you busy around here, and there’re plenty of reasons to relax and do as little as you like too. Add in the school holidays and ANZAC next Friday April 25 and we have a busy time. Wet or fine the long weekend will go ahead so have a good one, and remember the speed tolerance is just 4 km’s over the max so smile and enjoy the trip too.

The New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club will be in Waihi across this long weekend doing a number of exercises. On Saturday you can get up close when they all gather under the Poppet Head at the top of Seddon St from 10 am to 11.30 am. There’ll be photo opportunities and descriptions of the vehicles and what they did. Suzy Macdonald will sing war time tunes and lots of the owners will be more than happy to talk about their vehicles. At 11.45 am there’ll be a military motorcade through the CBD, heading down and then back up Seddon St, and going up to the Pumphouse. To mark one hundred years since WWI, Waihi Heritage Vision will attach the WWI Tunnellers insignia and a WWI Waihi tunnellers name on most of the windscreens of the military vehicles, and descendants of the tunnellers have been invited to join the convoy and go down into Martha Mine. At midday there’ll be a military fly past, as the vehicles descend literally into the bottom of the mine (weather permitting) for some military exercises, before returning to the top, passing the Pumphouse and dispersing through town at about 1.30 pm.

Go Waihi has a Sony Action Cam to give away for the picture of the day; that’s Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop day. If you were there and took a shot or two, check through them to see if you caught a bit of Waihi in there and send your entries to info@waihi.org.nz, one shot per email, or put your picks on to a disc and send it to Go Waihi, P O Box 34, Waihi, 3641. We’ll try to get some up onto our website too. Open to amateur photographers, judge’s decision is final and entries close at the end of the month. Please include your name and contact details.

Waihi’s Wedding and Functions Expo last year was pretty good we heard. So the organisers have said yes, they’ll do it again. They’ll change it a little, freshen things up, add little, move things around, give things away and offer some amazing deals. There’ll be a fashion show, hair and makeup demonstrations and you’ll have the opportunity to get all the information and advice you’ll need for the big day. Whether you’re looking to the future or are just about to tie the knot, this one stop wedding shop will definitely be worth the gold coin entry. The Expo is at the Waihi Memorial Hall on Saturday May 3 between 10 am and 4 pm.

Local Waihi artist Audrey Young has been painting for over 60 years. She started out in pen and ink drawings, moving on to paint mostly landscapes and florals, painting mainly in watercolours, oils and acrylics. Most of her art will be for sale, some at very silly prices. Audrey’s a life member of WACMA and her exhibition ‘Classic Landscapes, Vibrant Florals’ is open across Easter, except Good Friday, from midday to 3 pm. Entry is free but a gold coin donation always helps keep things ticking over. You’ll find the Lee-Johnson Gallery at the Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St.

The Nugget Multisport Event is coming back to Waihi on May 10. They’ve sorted some fantastic courses, 5 in total ranging from the short, medium and long courses through to the longer again and super duper extra long versions for the really keen. Pick one, grab a friend, challenge a workmate or just do it because you want to but get an entry form and enjoy the unique and beautiful backdrop our region offers. The finish line is pretty unique too, up at the Pumphouse.

Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club has a tonne (literally) of Pohutukawa they’re raffling. Great for wood turning, smoking fish or as firewood, tickets are $2 and available by calling Ian on 863 5487 or Mike on 863 5462. It’s being drawn at the club on Monday at midday. Good luck. PS free delivery within 15 km’s from the beach.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Everyone should live within their means these days – even if they have to borrow to do it.