Update August 6

Posted by Go Waihi on 06/08/2015

August brings with it the first thoughts of spring, well maybe not the cleaning, more the little extra daylight, a slight increase in warmth the occasional day, some buds on trees, and then a few wet days too ... with a frost or two still to come as well I bet. We’re gearing up to the World Cup Rugby tourney, and it wasn’t that long ago the fever had struck New Zealand. Wouldn’t it be great to see that sort of pride in our country again, just for longer? Pull out the flags, the banners, the vuvuzelas - oh no, we’ll forget those, and let’s be proud of our country, Nu Ziland!

WAIHI’S GOT TALENT HEATS & FINALS NIGHTS
The entries are sorted with singers, dancers, gymnastics, cheerleading, magic, all included in the line up for Waihi’s Got Talent with the Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi. Good luck if you’ve entered, the $1000 for a school project and $200 for the winner of each category are great prizes. The heats night for intermediates and seniors is next Friday, August 14, with the finals of the juniors, intermediates and seniors on Friday 21 August at Waihi Beach RSA. These nights are a lot of fun and fantastic entertainment. We hope to see you there to watch some great performances by year 1 to 13 school children from Waihi and Waihi Beach.

A PLAY ON WORDS THAT TRANSCENDS GENERATIONS
Waihi Drama Society has chosen a doozey for their latest production. Alice In Wonderland is one of those shows that has so many facets, from crazy characters, through a magical tale of Alice’s adventure down the rabbit hole to some amazing quotes that everyone knows. It’s a play for all ages, and you won’t be disappointed if you’re after an entertaining show. The season runs from August 19 to 29. Matinees are at 2 pm with evening performances at 7 pm. Tickets for cash or cheque are at United Video in Seddon St Waihi for $20 or just $10 for 12 and unders.

WANTED: INSPIRATIONAL KIWIS FROM AROUND HERE
New Zealander of the Year, Senior New Zealander of the Year, Young New Zealander of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Community of the Year and New Zealand Local Hero are the categories. Now who do you think fits the bill? The nominations can be made on line at www.nzawards.org.nz and must be in by September 30. They’re living amongst us, quietly going about their business. Can you spot them? It’s our opportunity to thank and acknowledge a person or group that’s making a real difference in our community.

GOLDFEST IS COMING, OCTOBER IN WAIHI
This is a time to give things a go, to get out there after winter and let your hair down, to blow the cobwebs away, to get some UV’s on you, to try something you haven’t before, and to find out what makes the Waihi district tick. Events vary from the Go Waihi Trolley Derby to the annual Art Waikino Exhibition over Labour Weekend. The Go Waihi Stop, Shop and Win Competition with a $1000 Pot of Gold is up for grabs again, there are school holiday events and activities, the XTerra Trail Challenge is on, there’s Oktoberfest, and we’re just skimming the surface. Let me know what you’re doing and let’s add it to the programme.

AN OUTING WITH HISTORIC LINKS, AND EEVONSHIRE TEAS
Athenree House is easy to find, along SH2 towards Tauranga just south of the Athenree Gorge is the turn off to Athenree, and yes, you guessed it, Athenree House just a couple of corners along that road. The dedicated volunteers there have been raising funds stage by stage to restore the homestead and do tours, photos in period costume, and yes Devonshire teas. Sundays are good, and to check when else they’re open call Anne on 07 863 6448.

BRIDGE THE GAP WITH THE ULTIMATE CARD GAME
Beginners, refreshers (those getting back into it) and experienced players are welcome to join Waihi Bridge Club at their clubrooms at 57 Union St Waihi on Monday nights from 7 pm to 10.30 pm and Thursdays from 10 am to about 1.30 pm to play the game where no two hands are the same and subs are just $35. $2 table money goes towards the cuppa and biscuits. Sounds like a good deal to me.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Exercise can add years to your life. I just ran 5 k’s and feel like I’m 70!!