Update March 28

Posted by Go Waihi on 28/03/2014

What a day! Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop was great (see photos in our gallery). The CBD was alive with people, classic cars and hot rods. Now we’ve got a town full of top class dancers with the performing arts competition. Want a laugh, or three? Comedian Jarred Fell can help, he’s in town soon. The weather’s been great for the beach, although I’ve noticed the sunset setting in earlier, nothing to compare with when daylight saving ends – in just over a weeks’ time. There’s a reality check. Oh, and on that subject, how’s your new year’s resolution going? Why not look at what I do and have a new month resolution. Whether it’s to reach your big goal, or just to achieve 12 things rather than one, it could be worth thinking about; just a thought.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop is a fun day that takes lots of work behind the scenes to bring together. There’s the Hauraki District Council staff who look after the official road closure, cleaning up and making sure everyone’s safe, then we have the Waihi College Year 13 geography class students who are studying event management and came on board to see from the inside by volunteering for marshalling duties. Add the other volunteers who help me with the event management, sponsor signage and everything else that needs to be done, and all the shops who get involved and make Waihi such a great place to visit and you’ve got a pretty good start to the list. To everyone who brought their classic car or hot rod to put on show and the Beach Hop crew, nice one. And thanks to our major sponsors, Leightons and MacMahons, your contribution to this day is fantastic, and truly appreciated.

Better remember to thank the musos for some great rock and roll, the dancers for, well having a good time and everyone who entered the best dressed – you looked awesome. We have to mention the Gold FM Dragsters, they looked ... out of this world, really! If I haven’t mentioned you please accept this as a personal thank you, because it’s the combined effort that brings it all together.

Found, 420 (approx) dancers, all in the one place over the one weekend. This Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 am, Waihi Memorial Hall will be the home to these 4 to 18 year olds performing all sorts of dancing styles. Competing in the annual Waihi Performing Arts Competition, the society has entries from as far away as Auckland, Taupo and New Plymouth. Known for its friendly atmosphere, many a dancer has taken their first stage steps at this competition. There’ll be a good variety of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, neo classical and jazz. You can join the audience for a gold coin donation.

Time how long it is before you have your first laugh, and see how long it is before you wonder how he did that! Jarred Fell is a talented young man, just don’t tell him. He’s back at the invite of Waihi Blue Light Youth to tell a joke or two, spin a yarn or three and maybe, just maybe, do a bit of magic. No, he’ll definitely be a magician and a comedian at Waihi Memorial Hall next Friday, April 4. Doors open at 7.15 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. With a cash bar and light supper provided it’d be a good one to get a table of 10 together, just for a laugh. Tickets are $20 or $25 on the night. Call Karen on 021 722 020 or email waihibluelight@gmail.com for details and tickets.

Easter Weekend Waihi will have 50 or more military vehicles descend on it when the New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club gets together for their annual meet. Have you seen a U S Army half track close up, a Bren gun carrier or a Dodge command vehicle? Here’s your chance to not only see them, but to talk to the owners about their pride and joy and get some photos. Go Waihi’s organised a display then a motorcade through the centre of town too, before they head up past the Pumphouse and into ‘the Minefield’, down into Martha Mine. I’ll have more on this event soon.

Waihi ANZ has invited Sheryl Dawson to speak at our Go Waihi Business After 5 Meeting this Wednesday. Sheryl will talk on her success in different leadership roles through her career, including her previous position as Chief Executive for the Waikato / BOP Magic Netball Team. I think this is going to be an interesting night, and would like to hear from any Waihi business owners and managers who’d like to come along. Registrations please to info@waihi.org.nz or call me on 07 863 3030.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I don’t have a problem with will power. It’s won’t power I have a problem with.