Update May 8

Posted by Go Waihi on 08/05/2015

We’re rolling along towards extra layer weather, but the shorts are still hanging in there, along with the beanie, a jacket and the car heater first thing … just to demist the windscreen guys, honest! It was great to hear about the birth of No 4 in line to the throne, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and very cute. Then there was the ANZAC league test that New Zealand won, I’m still savouring that one. A winterish dinner or two to counteract the early sunsets I’m still getting used to are going down a treat, and there’s still plenty of mild weather to get outdoors and enjoy everything nature’s put at our back door, and front, from the sea to the bush. That’s why I call our place the holiday capital of New Zealand. Let’s check out what’s on the way.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop was a great day, and we’ve got the photos to prove it. The Go Waihi Snapshot Photo Competition had some awesome entries that really captured the atmosphere of the day. The people, the cars, vibe and the Waihi angle were all there. Thanks if you entered, we’ve put a lot of the photos up on the website, and featured is the winning photo, the one that took away the Sony camera worth $1300 from Go Waihi. Good shot Asse Bosch, according to the judges you got the action, the people and cars, the feel of the day and definitely the Waihi perspective. I bet the camera’s going to be well used. They judges said entries really showed some great different angles of Waihi and all that was happening.

Here's Asse's winning photo:

Asse Bosch 2015

More photos from the competition will be posted online soon.

Check list for tomorrow’s Nugget Multisport Challenge in Waihi. Stretch exercises before the start isn’t a silly idea, some sustenance for along the way, water or similar to keep the liquid intake up and the smile’s important for the photo at the finish line too. There are several courses to suit, and no, it’s not too late to enter. Go to our website and follow the link to check out details, race times and where to register. Waihi’s iconic Pumphouse is a great setting for the start and finish, and all the courses are just spectacular, taking in some of the regions’ best tracks and views. And afterwards, relax and enjoy some of our local hospitality. You might not want to go home.

Sunday and they’re off with the fun Junior Survivor Challenge. Waihi Sport N Action has a course with a few obstacles to go over, under and possibly through, and you don’t need any special equipment, just a good attitude and a willingness to have some great fun. $20 or $50 for a family and you’ve got a good morning of challenges, spot prizes and memories to boot. Under 5’s are free with an adult, then there’re are the 5 to 7’s, 8 to 10’s and 11 to 13 year categories. Waihi Rugby Ground is the base and they’ll be taking registrations on the morning from 9.15 am, with the start at 10 am. Our website has details too.

Donations of any books are being sought for Waihi Lions big fundraiser Book Fair at Queen’s Birthday Weekend. That’s way they’ll have lots of books to sell to raise funds for community projects you see. It’s a no brainer really. Search out any books you aren’t going to read again and pass them on, this is a great way to recycle, replenish and restock while rejuvenating the funds of Waihi Lions. They’ll happily take games and puzzles too. Got something you’d like to donate, then drop them off at Caltex Service Station in Paeroa, Mobil and Bp Connect in Waihi and at Home Hardware at Waihi Beach. St John’s Anglican Church Hall at the top of Seddon St is the Book Fair venue on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31.

Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St has an old Honours Board, and it’s currently on display. It needs work so you’ll be seeing the ‘before’, and once it’s been on show it’s off to be repaired, so you’ll be able to see the ‘after’ soon too. It was saved from the original Methodist Church in Haszard St and is painted in oils. Names on the board are being researched and are also on their website. There are also other items from their collection on display, including paintings of the pumphouse and the embroidered panesls that were in the old library. Currently they’re open 10 am to 3 pm Thursdays and Fridays, and midday to 3 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Inexpensive too!

The whole family will enjoy Athenree Homestead, but Mum gets the treatment on Sunday, Mother’s Day. Devonshire tea, a stroll around the grounds and perhaps a look around the historic homestead itself sounds nice. There’s the morning tea, book on 863 4773, or for afternoon tea call 863 4421. Either way, it’s a nice treat for everyone, and good for their restoration funds too. They’re on Athenree Rd, just around the corner from the Athenree turnoff on SH2.

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