Update August 15

Posted by Go Waihi on 14/08/2015

If we needed a reminder it’s still winter, then the cold and in some cases hail around the region easily did that. Whether you love it or not, there’s not a lot you can do about weather except move, and what are you going to experience there? May as well smile through it eh! It was a nippy change that’s for sure, and the weeds hopefully got a good dealing to with it. Warm socks, beanie, gloves, a scarf and thermals are favourites at the moment, and I note so are the shorts for quite a few hardy(?) soles. Roll on daylight saving I say.

Two Fridays in a row Waihi Beach RSA is hosting Waihi’s Got Talent with Gold FM and Go Waihi. Heats start tonight at 6.30 pm with the Finals Night next Friday beginning at the same time. You’ll be wowed by the performances by Waihi and Waihi Beach students from year 1 to year 13, with prizes in the junior, intermediate and senior sections of $1000 for their school for a project, as well as $200 for themselves. Singing, dancing, gymnastics, magic, cheerleaders and more are all going to be on stage so get there early, enjoy the show and support these young stars.

Alice In Wonderland is one of those classic stories that everyone knows, from a line, through a character or two to the amazing storyline about a young girl that follows a rabbit down its hole and nothing’s the same again. Waihi Drama Society is down to their last rehearsals and is ready to pull the curtain up on Wednesday for their first performance. More follow on Thursday and Friday night, followed by some matinee shows over the weekend. There are more shows the following week finishing with a matinee on Saturday August 29. Tickets are $20 and for 12 year olds and younger it’s $10, available from United Video at the top of Seddon St Waihi for cash or cheque. Don’t be late!

Waihi College has a trip to Japan for some of their pupils next year, and they’re raising funds by asking the tough questions … and the funny ones, the strange ones as well as the ones you thought you knew the answers to but may well be in for a surprise. It’s called their Family Quiz Fundraiser, it’s on this Thursday from 4 pm to 7.30 pm and you’re invited to enter. A team of up 7 pre-booked is $20, walk in teams on the day are $25 and individuals are $5 each and you’ll be matched up with others to make up a team. Easy eh! Children are welcome, there’ll be face painting, the junior band to entertain you and food and refreshments available. Tickets are at the school office.

They’re raising funds for future projects by holding this in the Waihi Memorial Hall on Saturday September 12. Right now they’re after art work. If you’re an artist or have a piece of art you may like to help them out. Artists original artwork can be sold with a 30% commission going to St John Waihi, another option is to place a reserve and anything above that can go to them or you might like to donate some art where all proceeds go to this great cause. If you’d like an entry form get one at St John Op Shop in Silverton Rd or at Gold FM and get it back by this coming Tuesday.

Haszard St in downtown Waihi will resemble a race track on Saturday October 3 when the annual Go Waihi Trolley Derby takes place. Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club sort the course and make sure all the trolleys get as many runs as possible down the hill and around the sweeping right hander to the finish line. Open to anyone and free to enter it’s a good challenge for the family, businesses, church groups, clubs and of course the trolley fanatic who just loves the wind blowing in their hair as they negotiate the course. And yes, the Emergency Services Challenge is on again with the police, fire and rescue and St John battling for street honours. Entry forms are at Hauraki District Council’s Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, at Gold Fm upstairs on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Streets and on line at www.waihi.org.nz. Email me at info@waihi.org.nz and I’ll send one out. It’s free to enter too!

Alongside the annual Trolley Derby on Saturday October 3 we also have a fun Market Day downtown. It adds to the flavour of the day and people head into town to check out the bargains and enjoy the atmosphere. If you’re a stall holder why not join us. We have registration forms available at the Waihi Hauraki District Council Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, at Gold FM and online at www.waihi.org.nz. We’re after what’s not already on offer through the shops, so we get more choice rather than doubling up. Got something different then get in touch.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Happiness can’t buy money.