Update February 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/02/2015

Here we are a day early, because we’ve got Friday off to mark a special day in New Zealand, Waitangi Day. It’s another busy time around the peninsula with visitors ‘getting away from it all’. Welcome (back – if you’re returning), I’ve got to say; the smell of the rain / showers / very light droplets has been welcome. It was funny to hear a youngster saying they wanted to run to get OUT of the rain! Not me. School’s are back so there’s more room for us oldies with our skateboards, just not on the town footpaths I know. Now’s probably not a silly time to remind ourselves to check windows and doors around the house, especially with the muggy conditions recently. Sometimes an ‘opportunist’ with not very nice intentions thinks they deserve your hard earned belongings. Keep a friendly eye out on the neighbourhood too.

PHEW, JUST IN TIME THIS IS HAPPENING WAITANGI DAY
Waitangi Day, the Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists invites you to their Cemetery Ramble at Waihi Cemetery. Meet at the gates at 4.30 pm and as you walk around you’ll learn about the history of the cemetery and hear about some of the local folk buried there, some as far back as 1895. A gold coin donation would be appreciated. A quick word, if it’s raining it will be cancelled, with information available at Waihi library so you can follow up in your own time.

CREATIVITY, FUN, RELAXATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, ALL ONE SENTENCE
They’re also all in the one 5 week course that’s just started at Waihi Community Resource Centre. No it’s not too late, you can still join them and take advantage of the Monday interactive workshops covering setting goals, enhancing communication skills, identifying problem solving strategies, transitioning back into the workforce and lots more. It runs from 10 am to 12.30 pm and is free. It’s probably best to call in as soon as possible to follow up, or give them a call.

FASHION TO THE FOUR, MAKE THAT THREE
With Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop set for day one of Beach Hop on Wednesday March 25 it’s about now that the serious contenders start their annual rummage around in the mother-in-law’s wardrobe for that perfect outfit. I hope you don’t get caught! Then again you could ask for their help. Bright and gawdy, pastel colours with flowing boa, hell, I have no idea and often it seems the teams entering the Gold FM Drag Race don’t either. Who cares as long as it’s ‘out there’, shall we say. Entry forms are at Gold FM upstairs in Haszard St Waihi, at the Hauraki District Council Waihi Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd and also on our website. It’s for teams of three, so have a go with a couple of mates, it’s a lot of laughs for everyone, and there are some cool prizes.

INVITATION: WE’RE READY TO PAAARRTY! COME AND JOIN US ... STALLS INVITE TOO
Day One of Beach Hop and it’s Waihi’s Warm Up Party through the closed off main streets down town where all the action will be. Hundreds of c lassic cars and hot rods parked for the day. Rock and roll dancing in the streets, rock and roll bands playing through the streets too and even a best dressed competition for her and him with great prizes from Waitete Restaurant and Ice Creamery and Diamonds On Seddon. Add in the fantastic mix of boutique shops, stalls to boot and food and refreshments for all tastes and we’re looking good. Don’t forget the Gold FM Drag Race at lunch time, it’s always a crowd pleaser. Get the day off and come and have some fun, you won’t be disappointed I’m sure. And if you want a stall and you have something different to the shops get in touch for an application form.

ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL - WORTH BOOKING EARLY
Some of the over 40 walks have maximum numbers and fill up quickly so grab a brochure from around the peninsula and check out which ones you might like to go on in March and April. Guided yes, free yes (with donations happily received to cover brochures etc). Day and night walks, overnight, across water, through water, on a train, up hill and down dale, just get on board. Full descriptions and registrations are on line at www.echowalkfest.org.nz.

A CHALLENGE, A DARE OR JUST BECAUSE IT’S THERE
Back for 2015 the Nugget Multisport Event will give you a good opportunity to test yourself and enjoy some of the most picturesque scenery around. I say enjoy but it may be a case of too fast to stop to take it all in as you work your way along the short, medium or long options. For the hardy there’s always the longer and even longer choices, challenging is a good word for these. Training now will pay off in May, and for supporters the iconic Waihi Pumphouse is a fantastic backdrop for the finish line and all that’s happening. More info soon.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Don’t believe everything you think.