Update May 22

Posted by Go Waihi on 22/05/2015

A three day weekend is on the horizon, and it’s the only one I can see at this stage so let’s make the most of it. Queen’s Birthday weekend is just over a week away and with the next public holiday Labour Day late in October it’s probably going to be a busy time with visitors to our region. We love it, lots of folk enjoying the bush, the beach and the boutique shopping in and around our backyard; beautiful. I’ve got to admit with the winds, rather than the temperature, I’ve got the extra layer on, and feeling a bit warmer for it too.

Hauraki District Council needs your support from the Hauraki district if this Ultra Fast Broadband is to come our way sooner rather than later. Businesses will benefit, along with private individuals, schools, the hospital and anyone wanting to keep in touch, quick smart, and consistently reliable. That’s the joy of UFB, but a lot of other regions want it too. There’s a short questionnaire doing the rounds you might like to fill in, a couple of minutes should do it, and it will help HDC to formulate a good case to get UFB here as fast as possible. Go to www.hauraki-dc.govt.nz/hufb and fill in the questionnaire on line or call in to an HDC office or library and fill one out. Come up with the best creative or innovative idea for using broadband and you could win - do it by Friday May 29 and you can go in to the draw to win an ipad mini 3.

Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogists Society has their AGM next Wednesday. Can you give a hand? They’d love to see some more members and welcome any inquiries. The same meeting sees the brickwall being broken down hopefully. That’s where you’ve come to a dead end with your family research, but wait, there may be someone who can kick start it again. That’s what brickwalling is about, breaking it down. Take what you’ve got along and see if they can help. It’s just $3 and that includes a cup of tea. Meet ready for a 1 pm start in the Waihi Bridge Club Hall in Union St.

Waihi Lions annual Book Fair includes games and puzzles and music too. If it’s in good condition with all the parts then you’re welcome to include it in any donations you might kindly consider. Drop off donations at Caltex Service Station in Paeroa, Home Hardware at Waihi Beach and at Waihi Mobil and BP Connect in Waihi. Then the Lions can collect and categorise them early, ready for Saturday and Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Waihi’s St John Anglican Church at the top of Seddon St, right opposite the Pumphouse. Saturday they’re open from 9 am to 4 pm, and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm. It’s a big fundraiser for the Lions so give some and buy more if you can.

Aaron Coxon and Dean Cochrane from Waihi Volunteer Fire and Rescue are taking all the steps necessary to climb the Sky Tower stairs for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer. You can help them reach their goals of at least $1000 each for the cause. Simple really, you just go to www.firefightersclimb.org.nz and click on ‘search for a firefighter’. Then follow the prompts to make a donation for a great cause. Wearing breathing apparatus and the full uniform means another 25 kgs they have to carry to the top of 51 floors. Good luck guys, i hope you enjoy the view when you get to the 1103rd step.

Waihi Beach Community Centre is going to be busy on Sunday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend. They have so many stalls coming to their 10th annual Art and Craft Fair you’ll need a few hours to browse them all. Waihi Beach RSA ladies are running the cafe again, and remember to take cash as there’s no eftpos. All stalls have new product from New Zealand, and along with the favourites there are some very interesting new stall holders along for the first time. It’s $3 entry unless you’re under 12 with an adult, then it’s free.

Better get the days right for the three day Art Exhibition at Waihi Memorial Hall with Waihi Art Club or we’ll turn up on the wrong days! Between 10 am and 4 pm you can browse, buy and banter with the artists working on site. A gold coin entry is all they ask and they have a special feature exhibition titled ‘The Eyes Have It’, which should be interesting to check out. Oils, pastels and acrylics are all used by the club members, with a good mix of subjects so you’ll have a good selection to view, and possibly find a spot for at your place, or as a gift.

There’s an open invitation to join Waihi Squash Club on Fridays from 6 pm for their Club nights. For just $3 for non members you can take the court and give it a go, and new members are welcome. I’ve got contact details if you want to follow up, or head along to the Sport Centre in Baker St tomorrow.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: There’s no time like the pleasant.