Update June 20

Posted by Go Waihi on 20/06/2014

We’re just a day away from the shortest one this year. You’ll have less time tomorrow to achieve everything you want and need to do. Now that you have this knowledge you can plan your day accordingly, and your longest night too!! Speaking of plans, now’s a good time to be skilling up on your politics with the elections on the way; your vote does make a difference. Winter woollies, thermals and a higher than usual power bill are all a given for the next month or three, as are closed doors, curtains and blinds, warm casseroles and hopefully a smiley attitude, even on a wet grey day. That’s the one eh?!

A NEW SERVICE IN WAIHI BY JP’S
Mondays between 11 am and 1 pm Justices of the Peace will be at the new Hauraki District Council office in Rosemont Rd to sign statutory declarations, documents and the like for you. It’s a free service and it’s available for all Waihi and Waihi Beach residents. If you need more information call Ian on 07 863 5487.

TAPUWAI TODAY, DAWN VIEWING, HIKOI & CONCERT TO COME
Waihi’s annual Matariki Celebrations are gearing up with some hot action today at Waihi Central School. The Tapuwae Tournament for years 5 and 6 is all on, with the trophy and annual bragging rights up for grabs. This is played by two teams on a hard surface, where they pass the ball and try to knock the block in the middle of the two sides over. This Sunday at 6 am at ANZAC Bay top car park you’re welcome to join the Dawn Viewing, where there’ll be an explanation of Matariki as well. Still to come are the Hikoi at midday next Thursday through Waihi’s CBD followed by the Community Matariki Concert at Waihi Memorial Hall from 4 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday July 1.

PEDAL POWER TO WAIHI’S 50+ CYCLE GROUP
It’s time to put the pedal to the metal and celebrate the first birthday of this group, and a bike ride is the ideal way to do it. Join them on Tuesday at 9 am as they head off from Waihi Railway Station, along the Hauraki Rail Trail to Waikino and on to the tunnel, returning to Waikino Railway Station for a cuppa and train ride back to Waihi. It’s $10 for the train and $2 for your bike, and smiles are mandatory.

FLAX WEAVING WORKSHOP WITH KEEPSAKE
Harakeke or flax weaving is an art, an art you can learn at the Harakeke Workshop at Waihi Beach Playcentre on Monday 30 June from 7 pm to 9.30 pm, suitable for beginners and those with some experience. $25 gets you an introduction to the Maori art of flax weaving, a light supper and you get to take home your creation, all while helping fundraise for the play centre. With a limited number of spaces it’s a good idea to register early. Call Cindy on 027 940 4322.

WAIHI MARKET THIS SATURDAY, MARK IT IN YOUR DIARY
Waihi Lions host the Waihi Market at Waihi Memorial Hall tomorrow. Always on the third Saturday of the month, it’s got a bit of everything, well almost. From fresh produce to a gift for that hard to buy for person, it’s worth taking a look in and around the Waihi Memorial Hall between 8.30 am and about 1 in the afternoon. And if you’d like a stall, there might be one or two still going, call Mike on 07 863 7292.

ONE FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
Residential tenancy issues will be the topic of discussion with this free law education presentation coming up on Thursday June 26. From 1 pm to 2 pm at Waihi Community Resource Centre you’ll get an overview of key legal rights and obligations from both perspectives of landlords and tenants. There’s also a seminar on Wills and Powers of Attorney coming up. If you’d like to find out more or book for these seminars call in to the WCRC in Mueller St or phone them on 07 863 7555.

WE’VE MOVED, NOT THAT YOU’D NOTICE
Go Waihi has made way for the builders clearing the visitor centre in preparation for Waihi’s new i-site and Gold Discovery Centre. Set to open in September there’s a lot going on behind the scenes so once the building has been stripped everything will hopefully flow on nicely with the refurbishment of this exciting new attraction to town. Go Waihi has moved downtown for the duration so we can keep promoting Waihi as a great place to live, work and visit without jack hammers in our ears. You probably won’t even notice our move; the website address is the same, the phone number hasn’t changed, the email address is still info@waihi.org.nz and the PO Box will still receive mail. It’s just the physical address that’s changed, temporarily.

WIN $1,000 AND $200 IN EACH CATEGORY
Waihi’s Got Talent is back for year 4 with Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi. We’re pleased to be involved again with this event. It’s a great opportunity for children schooled or living in Waihi and Waihi Beach to get up on stage and perform amongst their friends, family and a whole lot of people who look forward to some fantastic acts. Junior, intermediate and senior section winners will each win $1,000 for their school and $200 for themselves. Entry forms are at school offices and at Waihi Beach RSA. It’s free to enter and all entrants get a meal voucher.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Why is it called ‘after dark’, when it’s really ‘after light’?