Update January 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/01/2014

It’s nearly the end of January already and hasn’t the weather treated us well for the holidays, although personally I would have preferred a little less wind? For those who are back at work, let us hope you are refreshed and functioning well after your break and remember there are still the long evenings to enjoy. There is still plenty of summer left for those who are yet to get a break. With Anniversary Weekend upon us there is plenty to do around Waihi and district so get out and enjoy it. And remember there is a lot of activity planned for the next month so start psyching yourselves up for an action packed late summer/early autumn.

Please note that the Hetherington House fundraiser, garden party and working art exhibition at 140 Seddon St (Opposite the pump house) is on 15th February so that is one to put in your diary for future reference. This should be a great event with Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, stalls crafts and the opportunity to watch some of our talented local artists at work. Admission is free.

Now is your opportunity to immerse yourselves in everything arty with several art orientated events upon us or in the offing. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, (24th, 25th and 26th) 10 until 4pm, for a gold coin donation, you can enjoy the works of the Waihi Art Club at an exhibition in the Waihi Memorial Hall. Guest artists are Con Kiernan, mosaic artist and Rod Hawkins, sculpture.

If that does not satisfy your appetite for art get down to the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum in Kenny St and take in their summer exhibition of landscape paintings, which is there until the end of the month. It is free to go in, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. It is interesting to note that many of those who have been to this exhibition regard it as one of the best the Waihi Museum has mounted. The museum and gallery are open every day through January from 12.30pm to 4.00pm. While you are there you could, for a small fee, take in the Museum itself. If you have not been there recently, you may see some changes, with a display on the former PYE electronics factory, which was an important part of Waihi’s past, and a new simulated mining tunnel, which is being greatly enjoyed by visiting children. Old favourites are still there, such as the jail and the “thumbs”.

If art is not your thing then try some of our wonderful walkways and cycleways to get the blood pumping and reduce that expanded waistline from Christmas excesses. The pit rim walkway can be either walked or cycled starting in any number of places but principally from the mine lookout or the Pumphouse. For the not so fit my recommendation is to do it clockwise. That way you get the hills out of the way first and then can enjoy the downhill and flat part through the bush and the area where the houses were moved out after the old mine collapse in 2001. While enjoying interesting views of the open pit it also gives panoramic views of the Waihi basin and you can also see the historic Grand Junction refinery building which has been beautifully restored by the current mining company. When you have finished, and it takes under an hour of normal walking, even with stops, do some shopping in our vibrant town centre or have a cuppa in one of the top notch cafes.

Many schools are back next week. Check with yours because days will vary. I recall being quite annoyed as a student and as a teacher when advertisers started crowing about back to school in mid January, reminding us that our holidays were nearly over. Later as a parent, it came as a relief when the end of the need to entertain the multitude was in sight.

So if you are at a loss as to how to keep the offspring or grandchildren busy, other than by planting a screen of some sort in front of their eyes, then one of the walks will blow away the cobwebs. Pit rim, round Black Hill, the Mill stream, Gilmour Lake, not to mention the new cycleway, which can be walked as well as cycled. Or if that does not float their boat, why not take them to the community pool at the College – just around the corner in Rata St. It is open from 11.00am until 5.00pm at the weekends and the pool toy should be there this weekend for more guaranteed fun. Next week school is back so the hours will change. Check the Hauraki District Council website for times and charges.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.