Update June 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/06/2015

Winter! Well will someone tell them to put the shorts away? Temperatures are still conducive to the lily whites protruding for some, but I notice a few more with the polar fleece or hoody up top, and I’m right there with you on that one, actually both. It’s hard case to think the longest night’s only 10 nights away – make the most of it won’t you, yep, that’s the shortest day, I can’t pull the wool on you can I? A little work around the section and I’ll be sorted for a week or three, as long as the weather behaves. Now let’s start counting down to the next long weekend; and here’s a thought, we’ll be counting down the twelve days of Christmas in just six months time.

Here’s the deal. They want to fill Waihi Memorial Hall tomorrow night to kick off their building fundraiser with a fun night MC’d by sports commentator Phil Gifford. They’ve outgrown their current site and need more space and have organised an entertaining night with auctions, raffles, guest speakers and even bubbly and dessert. They’ve invited lots of people and would love you to be there too, but aren’t sure how many seats will be available. So they’re holding a ballot of those who put their names down at the St John Op Shop in Silverton Rd to fill any spaces. Help them out and have a great night, but put your name down soon or you’ll miss the draw. There are some great prizes donated including dinner or lunch for two with Frank Bunce.

The first of several events you’re invited to is coming up on Tuesday with the Hikoi or walk through the centre of Waihi’s CBD. Assembling at 9.30 am at Waihi Central School the Hikoi will make it’s way to the top of Seddon St and back down before making their way to Waihi Community Marae for a Powhiri or welcome and performance by the Kahurangi Maori Dance Group. On Wednesday Waihi Central School hosts a Tapuwae Tournament for Year 5 and 6 students, and from 5 pm to 8 pm the Matariki Community Celebration is being held in the Waihi Memorial Hall. There’s also a Dawn Viewing at Bowentown Heads on Sunday June 28 at 6 am, another event you’re welcome to go to.

A catchy headline gets the mind wondering, and wandering sometimes too, to learn more. Saturday week June 20 three very talented and gifted musicians would love to entertain you in Waihi’s St John Anglican Church at the top of Seddon St. Wella Tasma will be playing flute and treble recorder, the cello is Jillian Carey’s area of expertise and Chalium Poppy will play both harpsichord and organ, not sure about both at the same time but being a Baroque Concert I don’t think so. Beginning at 3 pm it’s just $10 and for 16 and unders just $5.

Hauraki District Council is inviting applications from local groups and individuals for funding assistance for local arts projects and initiatives. The three criteria are a broad community involvement, supporting the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, that enables and encourages young people to participate. There’s the nutshell, get the full rundown at www.hauraki-dc.govt.nz or at any HDC Service Centre. Get some wheels turning if you’re keen to follow up, June 25 is closing day at 4 pm.

Here’s the opportunity to let some of that energy loose that kids have so much of. Waihi’s Got Talent is back soon, with some great prizes for junior, intermediate and senior sections. In each category there’s $1000 for a school project and $200 for the winner(s), pretty good eh! Entry forms with full details are out at school offices now; you can contact Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM or Go Waihi for them too, or go to www.waihi.org.nz and download one. Then it’s rehearsal time, honing that skill, timing’s important, so is audience reaction and how you relate with the crowd. So much to think about, and having FUN too! Just tell them it’s on and give them some encouragement and we’ll have some fantastic heat nights and a brilliant Finals Night.

I really enjoyed the Music For life Concert last Sunday; it was great to see so much talent in our community come together for this cause, and a good turnout to enjoy a real variety show. Thanks to everyone involved and the audience. Thanks too to the Aongatete String Band for their performance on the night, guys from Vanuatu who wanted to perform in appreciation. They wowed the crowd! Well done to Angela Armiger setting all the wheels in motion too.

We've had inquiries about how to enter Arty Bras and am, as you read this, sourcing that very information. That way there’ll be lots of exciting unique entries in the competition. Show time is Saturday July 11 at Waihi Beach Community Centre. Creative, ‘out there’, subtle, outside the square, a message, your dream bra; what will win this year? You can contact us for entry details, and I’ll have them here next week too.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: To do list – 1. Go to pet store 2. Buy bird seed 3. Ask how long it will take for the birds to grow 4.Wait for reaction.