Update June 27

Posted by Go Waihi on 27/06/2014

There are a few winter woollies out there but not too many considering the time of year really. We’re heading towards lambing, daffodils, a frost or three, some wet grey days, a bit of daylight after work soon, some beautiful winter blooms, Daylight Saving returning in 13 weeks and 2 days and Labour Day in 17 weeks. Please check, ’cos if it’s sooner I want to know! The welcome signs and flags for Matariki are up in Waihi, another month looms up and hopefully with the Matariki, or Maori New Year Celebrations going on around Waihi, you’ve taken the chance to work on another New Year Resolution, or maybe reset the old one??

WISE UP AT WAIHI BUSINESS AFTER 5
Here’s an invitation to Waihi business owners and managers to come to the Go Waihi BA5 on Wednesday at the new Hauraki District Council building that houses the Waihi office and library in Rosemont Rd. Shops in the CBD should come to this one, as it’s about the legal highs statement of proposal and the HDC’s draft Psychoactive Substances Policy development. This will affect all towns including Waihi and it will be worth hearing the power point presentation by Councillor Max McLean and HDC Policy Analyst Charan Mischewski. You’ll also get to see around this new building and catch up with other business folk socially from just after 5 pm until around 6.30 pm. A quick call or email to register for catering would be appreciated.

THE NEW YEAR HAS BEGUN
Waihi’s Matariki Celebrations have been well attended and there’s still more to come. The Matariki Concert this Tuesday afternoon is an open invitation for you to watch lots of the schools and preschools from around our region performing. Kapahaka, waiata and action songs will all feature, with proud kids on stage and proud parents watching on, all the while learning a little more about the Maori New Year, a celebration unique to New Zealand. You’re invited to the concert between 4 pm and 6 pm at Waihi Memorial Hall.

IT’D BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT
Well now you can. Harakeke or flax weaving is an intricate Maori art that you have the opportunity to try first hand, and take home your creation. Include a light supper and an explanation about the history of flax weaving and you have a good evening raising funds for Waihi Beach Playcentre on Monday between 7 pm and 9.30 pm. Join this workshop designed for beginners and those with experience by calling Cindy on 027 940 4322.

HAVE A BALL AT THE OP SHOP BALL
Waihi Beach’s Annual Op Shop Ball is coming up on Saturday July 12 at Waihi Beach Community Centre. Tickets are always in hot demand so if you’re keen to get into the spirit of their ‘Rags To Riches’ theme, get to Home Hardware at Waihi Beach and fork out the $35 that’ll see you right for the night, with a light supper included. The night starts at 7.30 pm running through to midnight, and you’d better take your dance shoes with Loose Coverz playing a great mix of music. There’s a photo booth and a local bus service home available. Let your hair down and help raise funds for the local community.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS COMING … A SUGGESTION OR TWO
Badminton and skating are a couple of very popular events being put on by Waihi Sport N Action these coming school holidays. It’s probably not a silly idea to register your children early so they don’t miss out. Call in to the Waihi Event Centre or give Pauline a call on 07 863 7295 to find out what days of which weeks these are on. It’s inexpensive and physical, gotta be good for them and lots of fun. They might even like it! A couple of other suggestions might help, like tidying their room and sorting the dishes.

REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE, ENJOY
Waihi’s Got Talent is back with Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi. It’s open to any children that either live or are schooled in the Waihi Beach and Waihi districts. Every year we see some fantastic acts. Kids come out of their shells, they love the experience and the audience is blown away with the variety and quality of acts they get to enjoy. With $200 for the winner(s) and $1000 for their school in each of the junior, intermediate and senior sections it’s well worth entering. Entry forms are available at local schools and from Waihi Beach RSA. Heat nights are on Fridays August 1 and 8, with the finals night Friday 22 August. Get (the kids) into it and good luck.

HEART BEATING, BLOOD PUMPING, PROUD AS PUNCH
Imagine completing the Blackmore’s XTerra Trail Challenge on Saturday October 11 in and around the hills (and a bit higher) of the beautiful Karangahake Gorge next to Waikino and Waihi. All based at Dickey’s flat, the short course is definitely do-able, then there’re the medium and long courses to challenge yourself on. For those keen enough try the Marathon, and if you really want to go over the top, dare to take on the Kaimai Killer Ultra Marathon. Details are on our website, and there’re five age groups from the Juniors to the Legends, and even adventure fun runs for the kids with their Trail Tigers. Now, back to that fantastic feeling crossing the finish line.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: There are two rules for ultimate success in life. 1. Never tell everything you know.