Update June 5

Posted by Go Waihi on 05/06/2015

El Nino, La Nina, wet, dry, windy, sunny, cloudy, cool, calm, hot, muggy, fog, windy, rain, hail, frost ... well that wraps up a day in Auckland! Around here it’s more of across the winter period that we get a mix of all of the above. Lucky we can just adjust what we do around the district to suit the conditions. Indoors or out, there’s a ton of things to enjoy. And if you’re bored, there’s always the spring cleaning to get underway! We’ve got the shortest day on the way and a few roast dinners hopefully. Rug up warm and keep some smiles handy for those grey days, they make such a difference ... the smiles that is.

Both Vanuatu and Nepal have been struck recently by disaster, and that was the kick start for Angela Armiger to want to do something for these people. She has got together a mix of Waihi musicians and entertainers to perform this Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm. The doors of Waihi College Hall open at 3.30 pm and for whatever donation you’d like to make you can listen to Sarah Spicer hot from X Factor NZ, the Mellow Tones, Waihi Central School Choir and Crew, the Dancing Divas, Karangahake School Singers & Musicians, Waihi Community Singers and more. A jam packed show and for a great cause. Take some cash for the raffles for a pamper pack, a grocery hamper and a $100 note!

There’s a treat in store for classical Baroque music lovers, and for those who don’t know what that is too, coming up in Waihi on Saturday June 20. Musicians Wella Tasma, Jillian Carey and Chalium Poppy have been rehearsing and are almost ready to perform in the St John Anglican Church at the top of Seddon St, right opposite the iconic Pumphouse. Between them they have a wealth of experience playing, performing, conducting and teaching music. It’s not often you get this sort of opportunity so grab $10 and get there early for the best pews. 16 and under is $5.

How much art can you fit on to a bra? Find out by heading to Waihi Beach Community Centre on Saturday July 11 for the Arty Bra Show. It’s a great night with all the entries on show and the winning bras announced. There’s also entertainment, refreshments - which comes with the R18, auctions and spot prizes. Tickets are $15 and a light supper’s provided. Why not enter, try your hand and get creative with a bra. It’s always amazing the diverse mix of bras entered, and those modelling them add their own flavour, shall we say.

Waihi Beach RSA is once again hosting the popular Waihi and Waihi Beach competition in association with Gold FM and Go Waihi. Junior, intermediate and senior sections have $200 prizes for the winner and $1000 for a project at their school, cool eh. Singing, dancing, playing an instrument, gymnastics, magic ... what can you do? Enter on your own, with a friend or two or in a group. Entry forms are at school offices and at Waihi Beach RSA. It’s a challenge, a lot of fun, the kids love entertaining and those being entertained enjoy a great show. There’ll be heats each category in a few weeks with the finals night in July. Get in touch for more info.

You’re invited to join the Waihi Matariki celebrations through June. Starting on Tuesday 16 June there’ll be a Hikoi through the centre of town and on to Waihi Community Marae with a show for the children by the Kahurangi Kapa Haka performers. There’s also a Tapuwae Tournament during the day at Waihi Central School on Wednesday 17 June and a community celebration of Matariki between 5 pm and 8 pm, with an open invitation to the dawn viewing on Sunday 28 June too. This will start at 6 am at Bowentown at the southern end of Waihi Beach, half way up to the Pa site.

October is traditionally Goldfest in and around Waihi. It’s an opportunity to throw off the winter blues and get set for some warmer months ahead, and to show off all that is Waihi, the district. Go Waihi wants to hear from anyone keen to entertain and people wanting to put on an event through October. Fundraisers, annual events, something new, something different ... get in touch and let’s see what we come up with. My contact details are below, what have you got?

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Don’t worry if Plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.