Update June 26

Posted by Go Waihi on 26/06/2015

And here comes the second half of 2015! Wow, where’d the first half go? Christmas paid off? A thought of a break over the winter month’s maybe? The New Year Resolution hanging in there? Want another question? Me neither. I’m enjoying the crisp starts with some warmth by morning tea, even if it’s my hands around a hot brew. With the frosty weather think about your neighbours and make sure they’re OK, and spare a thought for your pets too.

Photo: Kit Wilson

Photo: Kit Wilson - Sunrise Waihi Seddon Street.

BETTER DO IT NOW!
At 4.00 pm this afternoon applications close. The Creative Communities Scheme Funding for local arts criteria are a broad community involvement, diversity and inclusion of young people. Individuals and groups can get the details on line at www.hauraki-dc.govt.nz or call in to the Hauraki District Council Service Centre in Rosemont Rd, NOW!

MATARIKI : KIA ORA - COME ONE COME ALL ON SUNDAY AND TUESDAY
The Matariki Celebrations in Waihi continue with the Dawn Viewing this Sunday, literally at the crack of dawn. Watch the sun rise, hear the history of Matariki, the Maori New Year, and hopefully with a clear sky see the seven stars that make up Matariki (some know it as Pleiades) appear. Be there ready by 6 am for a start at Bowentown Heads, at the southern end of Waihi Beach, half way up to the pa. Then this Tuesday the Matariki Community Celebration takes over the Waihi Memorial Hall with an action packed show for the family between 5 pm and 8 pm. There’ll be apa haka, dancing, Maori songs and more; a great way to celebrate the Maori New Year. Please take this as your personal invitation.

GO WAIHI BUSINESS AFTER 5 ...
We’re having fun with these. Last month we were on track to go for a train ride with Goldfields Railway to see the reopening of the bridge, and the weather held things up. July’s BA5 was all lined up and the business got sold, very quickly. So we’re in the process of sorting the venue, so we don’t miss our mid-year get together. We’ll have the details next week and will hold it on Wednesday July 8.

TONEFUL TUNES, SASSY SONGS AND HEARTFELT HARMONIES
Over the last 70 years the Ohinemuri Singers have done the lot, well maybe not the lot, but A lot! They have performed, entertained and competed, all very successfully, and most of all, they’ve had fun. Enjoyment flows with this group of talented singers, and that will become apparent very quickly at their 70th Anniversary Concert on Saturday July 4. The Waihi Salvation Army Church is the venue with a start time of 2 pm. Anniversary cake’s on offer, there’ll be refreshments during the interval and $10 isn’t too much to ask I reckon.

MORE POWER FOR LESS THE POWER OF GREY POWER
The cost of power is always heading up, and with winters’ cooler temperatures, any way you can save power is a good thing. Waihi Grey Power can cut the cost of your power, and they don’t discriminate on hair colour either. If you’re fifty or over, join and gain the benefit of cheaper power, and there are other special offers and discounts too. They meet regularly and often have guest speakers. Contact me for more details.

WHIRITOA FIRE FORCE AFTER VOLUNTEERS
A good mix of volunteers is a must to make sure the future is well looked after for the community. Some training, a first aid course, the right attitude and you could be a big asset. It’s not all heavy lifting, with jobs on the radio, traffic control and other duties all requiring volunteers, both male and female. And your age doesn’t matter. They need a good cross section to suit all the jobs. All costs of clothing and training are covered and the training sessions happen more than call outs, which is a very good thing! Contact me for details.

ENTRIES COMING BACK IN
It’s great to see entries starting to come in for Waihi’s Got Talent with Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and Go Waihi. Get your entry in now and start practicing your performance. Entry forms are at school offices, at Waihi Beach RSA, Gold FM and at here on our website. There’s $200 for the winning entrant and $1000 for their school for a project in each section.

STRETCH YOUR LEGS AROUND WAIHI DISTRICT
Gilmour Lake is a good one for the family, the model boats might be out on Sunday. Martha Mine Pit Rim walk is can be done comfortably in an hour and a bit, and taking about the same time but a little more challenging walk or bike around Black Hill down Clarke St. Karangahake Gorge has the amazing Windows Walk, the Rail Tunnel Loop walk and a variety of other walks of varying times and suitable for different abilities. Out on the coast we have several walks to Orokawa Bay, William Wright Falls, Homunga Bay and Bowentown Domain and ANZAC Bay to explore. Whiritoa’s a good one for walks and we haven’t even mentioned the historic Victoria Battery site or Hauraki Rail Trail Waihi to Waikino and into the gorge for walks and biking too. Not bad for FREE !!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I don’t need a hairdresser, my pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning.