Update October 10

Posted by Go Waihi on 10/10/2014

Winter conditions returned for a few days, and a lot of people’s attitude changed with it. The only thing you can do is move, and then you’ll have other weather conditions to put up with. We’re so lucky to get four seasons in this country. Blow the cobwebs away, water the earth, warmth and UV’s for everyone, and the opportunity to water ski and snow ski all within 3 to 4 hours. Not bad for the place we call home. I’m so looking forward to Labour Weekend, with a three day break, and I’m not worried about the weather. With school heading back, the weather’s bound to improve so no doubt the smiles will return to the frowners.

ATTENTION: ROADS CLOSED SATURDAY FOR GOOD REASONS – FUN
Here’s the deal, you get wind, rain, hail and generally inclement weather and you can’t hold a Market Day, Trolley Derby and Skateboard Competition. So you postpone until this Saturday, which means there’s more time for people to plan to be there on the day, and more people have time to enter the trolley and skateboard competitions. Then it’s a case of reminding people that the roads that were going to be closed will now be closed this Saturday. In a nutshell, Haszard St from Martha St to Seddon St will be closed from 8 am to 2.30 pm, and Seddon St from Rosemont Rd to Haszard St will be closed from midday to 2.30 pm.

COME AND HAVE SOME FUN
That’s your personal invitation to head to Waihi tomorrow for some thrills and spills, sales and specials, music and entertainment and a great day for the family and your friends. Enter the Go Waihi Trolley Derby, it’s free. So’s the Skateboard Competition, yes free to enter, with some great Element prizes from Fowlers Surf & Fashion. We’ve lined up some music through the morning, and a great mix of stalls to complement what the shops have in store and outside for sale. Food and refreshments are in good supply, the weather’s got to be better, and smiles are a must if you’re coming. From 9 am get in early for the best selection of bargains, enjoy the music and watch out for the crazy characters. Then get track side for all the action from midday with trolleys and skateboards taking over Haszard St and Seddon St. Let’s have some major FUN!

LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS
Tonight weather permitting the Thanks Waihi Community Fireworks Celebration with Newmont Waihi Gold is set to go off with more than a bang. Look after pets and animals as you head to the top of Seddon St from 6 pm to enjoy the free bouncy castles and slides, the Panpana Jamaican drums, Ground Support pumping out the sounds from the Pumphouse, the Fire Eaters performance and then the fireworks just after dark. The only outlays are time and some dollars for food and refreshments.

ON THE WAY WITH GOLDFEST
Tomorrow it’s good luck and off you go with the Blackmore’s XTerra Trail Challenge based at Dickey’s Flat in Karangahake Gorge. The Victoria Battery Tramway awaits with their Open Day on Sunday. You can ride their narrow gauge railway, visit the underground kiln tunnels and museum and the volunteers have knowledge galore about this historic site. Monday is a goody for the youngies with the Lost Treasure of First Steps at 8 Mataura Rd. Meet Captain Monobrow and enjoy the lolly scrambles, treasure hunt, sausage sizzle and face painting. On Thursday you’re in for a treat with Waihi College Cultural Awards and Exhibition. & pm for a start and expect some top notch performances.

ART WAIKINO ENTRIES CLOSING … WHEN? SOON!
Labour Weekend sees Waikino Victoria Hall full of art, photography, craft and sculptures, and with this exhibition it’s all for sale. Enter soon or you’ll miss the cut off. Email artwaikino@gmail.com or phone 07 863 6974 and they’ll sort an entry form. Cheap to enter, great to view and good for the Waikino community as all profits go to the upkeep of the historic hall.

WHIRITOA CAR BOOT SALE FOR FIRE CREW NEEDS DONATIONS
Labour Weekend Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm at Whiritoa Fire Hall and Library there’s a Car Boot Sale and sausage sizzle. Can you help with a donation? Anything saleable would be appreciated. You know the old saying, one man’s treasure takes up too much space, so have a clear out and make a donation, and check out the books for sale too, the local library will benefit from these sales. Contact Gerry with donations etc on 07 865 6322.

STALLS WANTED FOR SPRING OPEN DAY
Waihi Waterlily Gardens is having an open day on Sunday 26 October. There’ll be entertainment, food and refreshments, the opportunity to have a look around these amazing grounds, and they’re after stall holders to add even more to the day. Variety, something different, interesting, well priced … sound like a bit of you? Contact Bevan on 021 247 7035.

GOOD ONE FOR LITTLIES
At the Lost Treasure of First Steps Childcare on Wednesday from 10 am you’ll discover all that’s gold. Meet Captain Monobrow, and enjoy the treasure hunts, face painting, lolly scramble and sausage sizzle.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.