Update April 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/04/2015

Into the second school term we go, well they go; I’m not still at school unfortunately. Gone are the days of having everything paid for and short ‘working’ days. Still, the great learning school of life continues to pour in so much info I’m almost on overflow. So let’s share it, there are some interesting things on the ‘Happs List’ around the Southern Coromandel and Waihi district; get along and be part of these things, that’s why they’re being put on! I hope you’re enjoying autumn, the leaves changing, mild weather and still a barbecue or five to go! We’re heading into a special long weekend, I hope it’s a good one for you. Take care on the roads, and if you’re visiting, enjoy our neck of the woods.

W100 – IT SUDDENLY DOESN’T SEEM THAT LONG AGO
Lest we forget. ANZAC Day tomorrow is as special as every other one. A day to think of those that went to war to protect our country. Some didn’t make it home. We are all affected in some way, directly or indirectly, and tomorrow gives us the chance to remember, and to thank those brave men and women who just a hundred years ago did what a lot of people now would find hard to follow. Dawn services, visits to cemeteries, civic services are all an open invitation to everyone to take part in some way. www.waihi.org.nz has details of what’s happening. Find out more here.

WHAT’S RED AND BLACK AND GOES HUNDREDS OF METRES?
Waihi Lions invite you to walk the Poppy Fence they’ve created. Starting at the Pumphouse and following the Pit Rim walkway along the fence line are over 420 poppies, representing each person who left Waihi to serve in World War 1 and each has the name of the person, service number, and their division featured on it. What a great project that hits home about how many from small towns New Zealand went off to war to fight for their country.

STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE – 1103 OF THEM
The number of stairs Aaron Coxon and Dean Cochrane aim to conquer along with 748 other firemen and women on Saturday May 23, and that’s wearing all the breathing apparatus gear. To the top they go with the Sky Tower Stair Challenge for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ. They’re fundraising along the way too, if you’d like to support these guys go to www.firefightersclimb.org.nz , click ‘search for a firefighter’ and then follow the prompts to donate to either or both of them.

WHAT DO MUMS LIKE FOR MOTHERS DAY – DRUMS & FLOWERS
I bet not too many people have thought of mixing these two together a week before Mothers Day and saying it’s the gift for the mum with everything. Sunday May 3 from 1 pm to 4.30 pm Mums and anyone at all really, are invited to Waihi International Academy to enjoy a performance of the ancient art of Tamashii Taiko drumming. Call it an art form fusing ancient rhythms with choreographed movements by the drummers and you’re on the right track. It’s a great spectacle, and different too. Then there’s the Flower Exhibition on top, the theme fits – Mother. Take Note Paeroa and Gold FM in Waihi have tickets, cash sales, or book at www.eventfinder.co.nz. It’s $20 a ticket or groups of ten plus are $15 each.

A NECK A NOSE THE BIRDCAGE A FLUTTER IN FORM
You don’t need to know all about racing, just get along and enjoy a good night out with Waihi College RugNet Derby Night. The idea is for you to have a good night out and they get to raise the all important dollars to help get them to their tournament in Australia later this year. Sounds like a fair deal, especially when you consider for $15 you’re greeted on arrival with a complimentary wine or beer and supper’s included. You can do the courtesy van thing there and home and there will be refreshments for sale too. For groups of ten of more it’s $10 each and tickets are available at the college office. It’s a real fun night you shouldn’t miss.

JP’S AT THE READY, PEN IN HAND
Maybe not literally, but this is a great idea for you if you need something signed by a Justice of the Peace. Each Monday (except Public Holidays) they are available at the Hauraki District Council Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd from 11 am to 1 pm to sign documents, statutory declarations and other official paperwork. It’s a free service available for Waihi and Waihi Beach residents.

SING YOUR HEART OUT
Waihi Community Singers are back for the term, and you can join them Mondays at Waihi Central School Hall. Between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm they sing a variety of styles, and always welcome male and female singers. $5 covers the hall hire and they’re there this Monday if you want more info, or call 027 662 8826.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Who named the walkie talkie, and why isn’t the vacuum cleaner called the pully sucky?