Update November 21

Posted by Go Waihi on 21/11/2014

It’s about time we got rid of the wind and changeable weather, but at least it’s not just local, most of the country’s been experiencing a variable spring. It’s not stopping Christmas approaching or the exams from continuing for senior school pupils. It’s time to get some sand between the toes, have a few bbq’s, watch some awesome sunsets and to enjoy Christmas and see in the New Year. Better start looking at those summer holidays eh!?

GREAT YEAR FOR GO WAIHI – THANK YOU
With a variety of events that Go Waihi runs each year, there’s never a dull moment. We‘ve just seen the end of our month long Goldfest celebrations, including the Market Day and Trolley Derby, and work on Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on March 25 is already well underway. We had a great time with Waihi’s Got Talent in August and after the ECHO Walking Festival back in March / April the brochure for 2015 is almost ready. We’re right in the midst of sorting our annual Christmas Parade and Market Day and it was great to be able to bring you Operation Minefield at Easter this year. The town website and brochure are other things we look after, along with assisting any number of other groups who put on things in and around our district. Go Waihi thanks you for helping put on and taking part in these events. Keep us in the loop with whatever you’re planning for next year. I keep a calendar and it’s great to have as many things on there to share with locals and visitors.

A REAL HELP FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE
One way or another most of us are affected by cancer. The Living Well programme on today and next Friday from 10 am to 2.30 pm at Waihi Hospital Chapel is open to everyone. Hear speakers talk on managing the after affects of treatment, dealing with family stress, understanding what cancer is, relaxation and stress management, and most importantly you’ll make contact with others going through the same thing. Register quick smart.

ODDS ON A GOOD WEEKEND’S ON THE CARDS
Bay of Plenty Coastal Cruisers Motorcycle Club’s Poker Run’s this weekend. Starting tomorrow with the run through to the Southern Coromandel and Waihi, and ending in the lower Kaimai’s for a great night of food – pig on the spit included – and entertainment from two bands, even the cooked brekkie’s only $8. Remember no attitudes, patches or BYO. We’ve got details at Go Waihi if you’re interested.

SALES, SPECIALS, FOOD, MUSIC & FUN, STALLS WANTED
Put it all together and you’ve got the basis of our Christmas Market Day on Saturday 6 December. Want a stall? What can you add to the mix for a bit of variety? Fundraisers with sausage sizzles, treats and treasures, as long as it’s different to the shops you’re sweet. Contact me for a registration form and we’ll try to find a suitable site on what’s looking like a fun day downtown with sales and specials through the shops and stalls, music and entertainment and the big parade at 1 pm.

SMILE, WAVE, CHEER, CLAP, ENJOY
That’s what Go Waihi’s Christmas Parade with Harcourt’s Waihi Is all about. Rule number one is to have FUN on Saturday December 6. Float registration forms and info sheets are out at Hauraki District Council’s Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM in Haszard St, on our website or contact me and I’ll get one out to you. Open to clubs, schools, churches, businesses groups, emergency services, families, individuals, anyone as long as you’re there for a good time, bring it on.

FREE FAMILY HISTORY WEBSITE? WHO, WHERE, WHEN?
With the last meeting of the Waihi branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists guest speaker Michelle Patient will tell you exactly how to achieve this. Take a plate and join them at the Waihi Arts Centre and Museum in Kenny St at midday for a shared lunch. Or you can get there at 1.30 pm for the talk. $5 is the cost and I think that includes a cuppa.

LAUGHING’S GOOD FOR YOU SO THIS PLAY’S A MUST
Ladies For Hire has hit the stage with Waihi Drama Society and they’re rolling in the aisles with this Kiwi script. About a group of lady singers whose association with the church choir is cut, some very interesting situations occur when they take their talents on the road. $20 cash or cheque for tickets at United Video at the top of Seddon St will assure you of side stitching laughter for the best part of two hours. Shows are at 7.30 pm and matinees at 2 pm.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, DO THE PREP AND EAT IT TOO
Presentation is as important as the preparation when it comes to food. You’ll do the lot at Waihi International Academy with their Gourmet Food Workshop on Sunday 30 November. Between 9.30 am and 3 pm you’ll be kept busy learning about the food you’ll prepare and then enjoy. About nine meals are on the menu and you’ll prepare at least six, and eat them too. Registrations close on Sunday so they can order the ingredients needed. Get your friends together and register at Gold FM, or go to our website for details.

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