Update June 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/06/2014

We’re almost there. Just a couple of weeks and a day or two and we’ll get to the longest night, celebrated by some as the shortest day. From there it’s not long before the days start to lengthen, but not before we get some more great winter sport in eh? Whether you’re coaching, playing, managing, being a parent and transporting or supporting sideline, good on you for putting in the effort. Jerseys, jumpers, jackets and a few other things that’ll keep you warm are making an appearance, but the shorts are still hanging in there and if the surf’s good??? It won’t be long before the roads to the snow’ll start to get busy and driving conditions are pretty variable at the moment, so keep your wits about you and drive to the conditions.

Waihi Women’s Choir has been hitting all the right notes for ten years. Congratulations to Wella Tasma and the ladies on a fantastic achievement. I hope you’re still going strong in another ten. They’re holding a concert to celebrate, singing a collection of songs they’ve been rehearsing. You’ll love the acoustics of St John Anglican Church at the top of Seddon St when they perform on Sunday afternoon at 3. Take a friend or two along and a gold coin donation and enjoy.

The Matariki Community Celebrations around Waihi are coming up over the next month with the Tapuwae Tournament kicking things off at Waihi Central School on Friday June 20 for years 5 and 6. Dawn viewing is very popular with everyone, and this year it will take place at Bowentown on Sunday June 22 at 6 am, with a postponement date of June 29. This will be followed by the Hikoi on Thursday June 26 and the concert for the community on Tuesday July 1. Stick the dates in your diary and we’ll keep you up to date with details as they approach.

Here’s something for all the family. Created by Waihi’s Angela Armiger and being performed by Waihi East School pupils for your pleasure; “Songs In the Key of Margaret Mahy’. Her stories that have thrilled and fascinated young and old have been transformed into music and songs. It’s a musical celebration of the great children’s author’s masterpieces. Grab $2 per adult and $1 for each child and make it along to one of the four shows. There are shows at 11 am and 6.30 pm on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June at Waihi College. Book your tickets for a god show by phoning 07 863 8693.

Here’s your opportunity to be part of a community Oral History project. Waihi Community Resource Centre in Mueller St is hosting a practical workshop, including interview techniques, knowing your equipment and creating the right environment next Saturday between 9.30 am and12.30 pm. It’s free but there are limited spaces so call 07 863 7555 to register. Something else worth registering for is the Residential Tenancies Issues presentation on from 1 pm to 2 pm on Thursday June 26. There’ll be an overview of key legal rights and obligations of tenants and landlords.

With a target opening of September 19, work’s underway behind the scenes gutting the back rooms first at the current visitor centre, which will be transformed over the coming months into the Gold Discovery Centre. Featuring exhibitions, models, interactive hands on experiences, audio visuals and a lot more, it even offers visitors the chance to prime a blast hole with dynamite, and blow something up! Sounds like a visit when it opens to check all these things out could be on the ‘to do’ list this summer.

Waihi’s 50 + Cycle Group invite you to join them as they celebrate their first birthday with a … you guessed it, bike ride. Not just any bike ride, oh no. This bike ride includes a stop off for a coffee and a train ride. June 24 is the day to join them as they head from Waihi’s Goldfield Railway Station at 9 am to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail through the tunnel and then back to the Waikino Railway Station, where you can enjoy a coffee while you wait for the train if you like. Take a memory trip back aboard the train to Waihi and you can pass go and collect $200 if you’ve got the funds in your account as you complete the celebratory first birthday ride.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.