Update April 2

Posted by Go Waihi on 02/04/2014

I’m really enjoying the steady weather, but with an eye on some wet for the farmers and land in general. It’s worse in other areas of the country, but everywhere could do with a dosing. Then comes the reminder about driving conditions. Add the end to daylight saving and darkness suddenly an hour earlier and it’s adding up to keeping your wits about you on the roads. The outdoors early evening is nice, and so are the barbecues, still going strong at my place. With April comes the end of the first school term, Easter and ANZAC Day. Plan it right and you could get about ten days off for about three annuals, but don’t tell anyone else.

Well that’s what it’s all about! We’ve got a Sony camera to give away to someone with our Go Waihi Snapshot Competition for capturing an unique shot of Waihi’s Warm your pics. We’re after that Waihi angle that shows you’re in Waihi. The Pumphouse in the background, the Memorial Hall to the left, an iconic Waihi personality or the palms at the entrance to town could do it. What else makes your photo stand out? Send your choices to Go Waihi at info@waihi.org.nz, one picture per email, or post your entries on a disc to P O Box 34, Waihi 3641. We’ll leave entries open through April and announce the winner early May. Good luck.

A tough job but MacMahons Production Manager Bruce Preddy chose a 1957 white Oldsmobile from New Plymouth owned by Bryan Rasmussen as the Best Classic Car. And taking away the unique trophy from Newmont Waihi Gold for best Hot Rod, Leighton Mining’s NZ Operations Manager Kevin Rooney selected the red 1933 Ford Coupe owned by Auckland’s Ivan Junovich.

There were plenty of people dressed up for the day, with the winner of the Best Dressed Male, Gary Morris from Queensland, winning dinner for two at Waitete Restaurant, Cafe and Icecreamery, while Diamonds On Seddon supplied a Guess watch for the Best Dressed Female, won by Waihi’s Dawn Freestone.

Waihi’s Blue Light Ventures has a funny thing happening tonight and they’d love you to be there. A laugh for a good cause, along with a trick or three we hear, are on the agenda with Jarred Fell at Waihi’s Memorial Hall. This is to raise funds for their youth projects and is a great way to have a good night out while supporting these guys, and girls of course. Tickets are $20 right now if you call Karen on 021 722 020, or you can turn up at the door and hope there are some tickets left for $25. Doors open at 7.15 pm with the show, Jarred Fell and friends Ashton Brown and Matt Stellingwerf, on stage from 8 pm. Nibbles and refreshments are available through the night and you can get together a table of ten as well.

Perhaps to your place if you live in Waihi East, around the town boundary, and don’t mind people visiting as part of Waihi Lion’s fundraiser Garden Ramble in November. They highlight a different part of town each time and it’s the turn of the east, so show us what you’ve got! Small back yard garden, a fernery, something in the planning stages or an established garden that’s growing off walls, it’s all interesting and inspiring so be part of the Ramble. Get in touch with Mike Hayden on 07 863 7292 and start weeding.

The Draft Annual Plan for Hauraki District Council is out and if you live in the district it’s your opportunity to have your say. What affects you? Let council know what’s going on in your community, your part of the region. Submission is just a big word for your comments and thoughts, so put them down on a submission form before the cut off on Wednesday April 23 at 4.30 pm. The Draft Plan looks at the budget for the financial year, outlines planned services and activities for the year and there are some proposed changes to the Long Term Plan that you should know about too. Remember you can make a submission (there’s that word again) on line too. Check the council website for the Draft Annual Plan and Summary at www.hauraki-dc.govt.nz.

Easter Weekend will see over 50 military vehicles descend on Waihi with the New Zealand Military Vehicles Collectors Club annual meet and Operation Minefield with Go Waihi. You’ll get the chance to see these vehicles close up when they gather at the top of Seddon St under the Poppet Head on Saturday April 19. They’ll have a display with Suzie Macdonald singing wartime tunes, before heading down right through the centre of Waihi in a convoy, travelling back up to the Pumphouse and in to Martha Mine, going all the way to the bottom. As they head down, Waihi Heritage Vision will put the Waihi Tunnelling Company badge and a name of a World War One Waihi tunneller who worked at the original Martha Mine or Grand Junction Mine on most of the windscreens, and some of the descendents of the tunnellers will join the NZMVCC, going to the bottom of the mine and ‘the Minefield’, marking one hundred years since the start of WWI.

A Coach ‘slash’ manager is needed yesterday for the Waihi Athletic Rugby Club Senior B team. They currently train as one unit with the A’s, but on match day go their own way to play. Can you help out at training and on the weekend sideline? Get in touch with Mark Ryan at Alitech or Brad Freeman on 863 5773. Hope your boots still fit.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The quickest way to find something is to start looking for something else.