Update October 23

Posted by Go Waihi on 23/10/2015

Happy long weekend. Labour Weekend around our neighbourhood is good to go with a number of things on, and still time to relax and enjoy the scenery. Over the last month we’ve had some cool things on; from the annual GO Waihi Market Day and Trolley Derby and Oktoberfest to the XTerra Trail Challenge. The school holidays had lots on and we’re spoilt for choice again this weekend. Check out our Goldfest Update below. I hope you get some down time, a chance to catch up with friends and family and do make the most of all the things on this weekend, as well as the good old basics of beach, bush and boutique shopping. Welcome.

GOLDFEST EXPLAINED
Simple, what’s on across October in and around Waihi is what Goldfest with GO Waihi and Thiess Global Mining is all about. That and participation, along with having FUN, that’s rule number 1.Now down to the nitty gritty.

ART FOR A START
Across the weekend we’ve got the three day Art Waikino Exhibition and sale in the historic Victoria Hall Waikino. Sculpture, art, photography of people, photography of other than people and handcrafts are all vying for the supreme award and they’re all for sale too. Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm; take your time checking out this top quality exhibition, now in its 15th year.

ART HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Grab a map from the Waihi Museum, Art Waikino, the Waihi i-site, Kava Cafe & Bar, Curtis Growers in Athenree and Home Hardware at Waihi Beach, grab a friend, grab the keys to the car and get going on Waihi’s Creative Arts Trail with Waihi Art Centre and Museum. Between 10 am to 4 pm each day there are 18 destinations from Athenree to Waikino waiting with paintings, embroidery, an onsite pottery demo, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, tattoo art, weaving, life drawing, abstract art, garden art ... phew.

SALES, SUSTENANCE & SPORTS, SATURDAY SORTED
Boutique shopping down town with Waihi’s mall without walls is a good start, with any number of cafes, restaurants and eateries to keep the proverbial wolf from the fridge door. Waihi Football Club invite you along to Morgan Park for their two day tournament with 10 teams competing and ...

HEARTLANDERS EXHIBITION A MUST
This free exhibition is about New Zealanders of the Great War, and is in Waihi at the car park next to the Salvation Army at the top of Seddon St from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow. The National Army Museum travelling exhibition will take you back with stories of survivors and those who fell, life size models, original film footage in a powerful experience of New Zealanders involvement in WWI. You can even search the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Digitisation Unit on soldiers who’ve served, and it’s free.

SUNDAY SALE AND SAUSAGE SIZZLE
The annual car boot sale fundraiser for the Whiritoa Volunteer Rural Fire Force is on from 9 am at the Whiritoa Community Hall with stalls and their famous sausage sizzle. There’s a book sale and the wheelbarrow full of groceries raffle is worth a ticket or three too.

SUNDAY BIG TIME FOR LITTLIES
It’s the annual Big Beach Dig for 1 to 12 year olds with the Waihi Beach Christian Centre. Fun guaranteed, it’s free, there are some neat prizes to dig up and it all happens in front of the Waihi Beach Surf Club at 2 pm. Remember youngies with an adult please.

CRUNCHIE COMP CHAMPS
Around fifty Waihi shops with Crunchies in their window got a good look over through the school holidays with the GO Waihi Guess the Number of Crunchie Bars Competition with New World Waihi, who put up $100, $75 and $50 vouchers for the closest guesses. The final count was 241, and we had one person spot on. Well done to Brooke Moore, 11, who won the $100 New World Waihi voucher. Second was Aliya Smith, 6, who was just one off and 5 year old Piripi Dunnet was only two away and won third prize. Thanks to all the shops - you can eat the Crunchies now, to everyone who entered and to New World Waihi for your sponsorship, lots of fun for everyone.

GOLDFEST AIN’T OVER YET - STEAMPUNK & SKATING TO COME
Next Friday Waihi Miners Inline Hockey Club is hosting the Hallow-Skate for Halloween at the Waihi Events Centre. $5 and some socks and you’re away, Adult spectators are free. Dress up in Halloween, maybe win a prize. There’ll be Halloween music and fun for all from 6 pm to 8 pm. Sounds like a hoot.

STEAMPUNK SOIREE TO WRAP THINGS UP
Here’s a night with a difference with nonstop entertainment at the Rob Roy Hotel from 7.30 pm to 1 am. It’s presale tickets only and dress up is encouraged, but not essential. Tickets at the Rob Roy are $45 and there are spot prizes, fire poi performers and complimentary photographer in site. A light supper’s included so start sorting your gears for a night to remember.

POT OF GOLD STILL UP FOR GRABS
Keep shopping in Waihi for more chances to win the GO Waihi $1000 Stop, Shop and Win Pot of Gold through Goldfest. Put your name and contact details in the box provided in participating stores when you buy something through until October 31 and on Tuesday November 10, you could win 1000 $1 coins.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Knowledge is knowing you don’t know.