Update December 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/12/2014

It’s here, it’s finally arrived ... and it’s snuck up darn fast! Happy New Year and all year as far as I’m concerned, why just the beginning? Remember the roads are busy so take your time and remember there are lots of people on roads they don’t often travel so be prepared for a delay or two. Catching up with friends and family, a bit of surf, a good book, checking out our fantastic countryside, maybe some boating and fishing, walks galore from along the coastline through to the Karangahake Gorge, lots of great shops, cafes, restaurants and eateries ... wow I might make this home! When you check out the great community, all the facilities at your fingertips and the very reasonable housing prices – quarter acres aren’t a thing of the past around here – you can understand why we already have.

It’s been an exciting year for Go Waihi with a great mix of events that we’ve been involved in. From hosting the annual Waihi Warm Up Party for Beach Hop through the month long Goldfest event across October, to the ECHO Walking Festival, our Waihi Christmas Parade and annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby and Skateboard Competition, it’s been fantastic to see so many people enjoying these town wide community events. Add to that regular Business After 5 Meetings, Waihi’s Got Talent, Matariki Celebrations and Operation Minefield at Easter with over 60 WWII military vehicles on show. Behind the scenes we look after the town website, the flags, and the Heart of Gold brochure. We’re always working with any number of businesses and organisations helping with their events. We do newspaper columns, talk on the radio and get anything we can out to the press about our fantastic district. We’re a busy central organisation that is proud to promote Waihi and we’d like to say thanks for coming along and for your support.

The Floral Fiesta Summer Exhibition at Waihi Art Centre and Museum is on, except for tomorrow! Right through until January 31 from midday until 3 pm you can check out some fantastic photography, garden art and colourful paintings on display in the Lee-Johnson Gallery. While it’s free entry a donation if you can keeps wheels turning. And the Museum in the same building in Kenny St is well worth the small entry fee to see a lot of the town’s long mining history.

Waihi Art Club has booked Waihi Memorial Hall next Friday to Sunday, January 9 to 11 for their annual Summer Exhibition. Check out their combined painting ‘Something in the Trees’ on display. Most art’s for sale and their works cover a variety of styles from contemporary to abstract using a variety of mediums like oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and more. All art’s for sale and it’s just a gold coin entry.

Over 30 stall vendors will have their wares for sale at the annual market at the Fire Hall, with all funds raised going to the Volunteer Fire Force and Library. There’ll be books for sale, Devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle, meat raffles and the wheelbarrow raffle with everything on board included. It’s always a great way to start the year, head for Whiritoa between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm.

ECHO Walking Festival is coming up in March and April with over 40 events including all of the above, and it’s mainly free! Just a cost for travel expenses or boat ride and that’s it, although the ECHO committee are happy for any donations to help put the brochure together and so on if you’d like to make a donation on any of the walks. Easy peasy, not quite as simple, a bit of a challenge, a good day in the bush, an overnighter or two ... the choice is yours. All guided and some at night, there’s a walk for you I’m sure. Brochures are around a lot of outlets across the Coromandel Peninsula and you can visit the website to see all the walk descriptions as well as to register.

Don’t miss Waihi’s Warm Up for Beach Hop on Wednesday 25 March. We’ll have hundreds of classic cars and hot rods throughout town, three or four bands playing in the closed off streets, best dressed comps, the Gold FM Drag Race and lots of shops and stalls with some fantastic bargains. Book it into your must do’s now!

We at Go Waihi like to accentuate the positive and would like to suggest you aim for nothing less than a brilliant year ahead, with our best wishes of course. Whatever you have planned, whatever comes your way, whatever you end up doing we hope it’s memorable for all the right reasons. Take time to make a New Year Resolution you can achieve, with maybe a bigger goal to take steps towards. Treat yourself along the way at each stage and have a bit of down time to yourself; life’s too short not to. We’re looking forward to a bright year with lots of things happening in and around our region as always, if you’re doing something please let me know as early as you can so we can put it on the Go Waihi Events Calendar.


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