Update May 7

Posted by Go Waihi on 07/05/2014

Happy Mother’s Day, I hope you get to enjoy a bit of ‘mothering’ yourself if you’re usually on the other end of things, you deserve it. We’re working our way towards Queens’ Birthday Weekend and another three days to enjoy whatever we want to do. Then there’s a wee wait to get another official holiday with Labour Day late in October. Now that I’ve done the reality check thing, the time will fly by I’m sure, and there’s so much coming up that’ll keep us busy anyway, we won’t notice the time fly by. Well that and a well timed midwinter break should just about do it. Now’s a great time to be sorting those indoor jobs, like relaxing, reading a book, trying a new recipe; you know, all those things you put off until a rainy day. No, it wasn’t me who mentioned the spring clean, the paperwork that needs filing or the backlog of washing that’s ‘still to be ironed’! We’re all set for some great events in our neck of the Peninsular, why don’t you get along and check some of these things out.

Waihi’s Nugget Multi Sport Event is all go Saturday 10th May 2014, in and around the Waihi district. Cycling, trail running, kayaking, mountain biking, and running all add up to an interesting mix of challenges. You can do them all on the full Nugget or take your pick with four other shorter courses. Enter as an individual or a team. Registrations are on tomorrow afternoon and very early Saturday morning. Check the web www.thenugget.co.nz for details. And for the spectator, there are good vantage points at the transition areas as well as at the Pumphouse in Waihi, where all races finish.

Waihi Drama Society has been busy rehearsing their latest production Brigadoon, about a couple of American tourists who stumble on the mysterious Scottish village of Brigadoon that only appears for one day every hundred years. One of them falls in love with a young local woman, and has to decide whether to stay forever and turn his back on family, friends and his life, or go home and never return to see the love of his life. The show has some great musical tunes and a laugh or two along the way. Tickets are on sale at United Video in Seddon St. The opening night on May 21 is $25 with the nibbles and refreshments, and the rest of the evening shows and matinees are $20 with children half price.

Freshly baked the scones, fresh whipped cream and jam!! It’s a win win situation on Sunday if you take your mum out for Devonshire Tea at Athenree Historic Homestead. Morning tea is between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm, and afternoon tea will be served from1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Your mother and you get to see the historic homestead that is a big part of this area’s history, and they get to raise some funds to help with the ongoing restoration work that’s needed. You can get dressed in period costumes they have available for some photos too, and enjoy a walk around the grounds.

Waihi Lions do a lot of good around the community, just quietly but very effectively raising funds to put back into our community in a variety of ways. They help run Go Waihi’s Trolley Derby, they are in contact with Santa with our Christmas Parade, they have a very popular Book Fair each year and their Garden Ramble is coming up in November. Why not give a little back to your community and join them. Men and women of all ages are welcome at their monthly meetings, and to help out with their community projects from time to time. You can call Mike for a chat and more information on 07 863 7292.

Saturday morning, May 16, the Targa Rally wends its way down the Coromandel Peninsular arriving in Waihi in the morning with around 90 cars taking part in some closed road special stages out on Golden Valley Rd and also the Old Tauranga Rd towards Owharoa Falls and back. They’ll take a break and service stop at Morgan Park from around 10 am, before heading towards Rotorua in the afternoon. It’ll be a good opportunity for photos of some amazing cars so get along and check them out. Good viewing points are at the northern end of Golden Valley Rd and at the Karangahake Gorge end of Waitawheta Rd. All the best to our Waihi entrant Ross Macdonald, go the locals!

I’d love to hear from musicians, artists and anyone who would like to help put something together to feature in Goldfest. It’ll be an opportunity to be hands-on with help from Go Waihi publicising the event. What ideas can you come up with - a concert, an exhibition? Think outside the square and ask your friends to get involved too. If you have an idea, get in touch with Go Waihi to show your interest and we’ll see where we go from there.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Inside every small problem is a large problem trying to get out.