Update December 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/12/2014

Ho ho ho and here we go. Christmas Eve and Santa’s on his way tonight! Exciting to think he starts with New Zealand and apparently he’s around the Coromandel Peninsula quite early, but I don’t know if he’s changed his flight plan with Rudolf. Some rest, relaxation, catching up with friends and family, checking out our favourite places and finding a few new ones are all on the list of ‘to do’s’. Say hello to someone you don’t know, we’ve got a fantastic place we call home and it’s great to share it with visitors that don’t get to enjoy the sort of back yard we have. Also spare a thought for everyone who can’t be with the ones they’d like to be with, and everyone who is working on Christmas Day and through the holidays.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR – SAFETY
Roads will be busy and getting busier with the influx of visitors who don’t know the roads around here. Tomorrow there’ll be some gifts being tested out that could accidently get near the road. Bikes, balls, kites and kids in awe, their minds elsewhere. Keep your wits about you and let’s have a safe break. The other thing to remember is the number of accidents that happen around the home at this time of year. Ladders, bikes and scooters, BBQ’s, toys left underfoot, climbing Christmas trees, lifting, burns and cuts; they all add up to not a nice Christmas so take care eh!

A POT POURRIE OF ART ON DISPLAY
Waihi Art Centre and Museum opens the doors on Saturday with their Floral Fiesta Summer Exhibition. Apart from New Year’s Day they’ll be open every day through until January 31 between midday and 3 pm with their cool display of colourful paintings, garden art and photography, featuring some of the district’s well known artists. It’s free to get in but a donation will help keep the doors open, and for just a few bucks the museum in the same building is good value, there’s a lot of history around this area. Kenny St is where you’ll find them.

KEEPING UP THE BLOOD FLOW, CAN YOU HELP?
On Monday the New Zealand Blood Service will be down town in Waihi at the Memorial Hall. Between 1 pm and 6 pm they’ll have their sleeves rolled up taking blood from all the donors with their sleeves rolled up. An hour maximum and you’re done, and the good part is you will be helping up to three people with your donation. Ring to book a time and to find out more on 0800 448 325, and remember to take along some photo ID or your donor’s card on the day. Let’s keep ‘em busy!

GOTTA SAY IT - NICE ONE SI!
Simon Elson from Waihi Stationery has scored himself a well deserved award in Wellington, not that he’s telling anyone. We heard about it and want to say good on you. At the recent Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in the capital Simon’s work was recognised when he received the Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre. Back in ’88 Simon and his friend Simon Bennett got in behind Bats Theatre because they could see there was a space for theatre with a twist. Simon Bennett moved on to direct and produce on TV, and Simon Elson took over and has had his helping hand at Bats ever since. There’s a lot more to the story I just can’t fit in here, but suffice to say the award’s gone where it should.

GOOD FOR ALL WALKS
ECHO Walking Festival starts March 15 with over 40 events. Not just walking either with bike rides, a boat trip to an island, stand up paddle boarding and some great unique walks right around here. The brochures around town are a good place to start, or the ECHO website for full descriptions and to book. Some have maximum numbers so get in early.

ON BEHALF OF
Sing along if you know the words. ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you …’ and away you go. On behalf of the Go Waihi committee the best’ve the festive to you and yours. Christmas - a time to reflect and look forward, family, friends, travel, and getting some down time. Throw in a few odd jobs you’ve been putting off and New Year looming up and you’d better pace yourself. That’s our advice, oh and to have a heck of a lot of fun along the way.

WHIRITOA MARKET ALWAYS A GREAT EVENT
The local library and volunteer fire force will both benefit from this so get along on Saturday for their annual market at the fire hall. Between 9 am and lunchtime 30 plus stalls with an excellent mix of all sorts but probably not licorices will be selling their wares, there’s a sausage sizzle, a book fair and the big wheelbarrow raffle has all sorts of goodies included, again with the funds going to these two groups. Car boot and stall sites are available for cheap, call Gerry on 07 865 6322

ON THE WAY TO ENJOY ACROSS SUMMER
We’ve got a few things lined up around the Waihi district for you to enjoy that I’ll be giving you details about over the coming week or three, like Waihi Art Club’s Exhibition on January 9 to 11 at the Waihi Memorial Hall and Art Waihi has their exhibition over the long weekend at Waihi Beach Community Centre. There’s a band or two and a comedy show coming up and some dirt track racing on the Beach Rd track by the quarry. I’m always happy to add to the list, January or further ahead, so let me know what you’re doing and I’ll see if we can help spread the word.

HAVE A HAPPY ONE – OR SEVERAL, NO MAKE THAT ALL
Whether your visiting or live around our region, from the Go Waihi Committee and team we’d like to say all the best’ve the festive to you and yours, enjoy whatever you plan or end up doing and we hope everything goes to plan, or not if you prefer. Do the slip, slop, slap and wrap thing, and add in the slurp to keep up the water intake too. Keep an eye on each other, safety around water’s a biggie, and don’t eat tooooo much. We hope you’ve enjoyed some of the things we’ve put on in 2014 and got in behind. It’s that cool community spirit that keeps coming out that makes us stand out and may that continue long into the future. We love promoting Waihi district as a great place to live, work and visit because that’s exactly what it is, our little piece of paradise.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Warning: dates in calendar are closer than they appear.