Update September 3

Posted by Go Waihi on 03/09/2015

First up a pinch and a punch that welcomes in spring at the start of another month. This is the one that sees the return of daylight saving. This is the one we get some wet stuff, and possibly a bit of wind, although you’ve probably already noticed that. Don’t let that change a positive attitude. Grey’s good, wet’s important, wind’s sorting a few cobwebs and a smile is a must. Think spring cleaning, you know, sorting the bbq, the deck and getting a head start for the summer you know is coming. There, now wasn’t that a nice thought. Moving right along we’ve got plenty of things coming up to see and do around Waihi so let’s tuck into a few.

SUNDAY’S SORTED FOR DAD WITH A TREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE
Athenree Homestead is a great destination on Sunday. Celebrate Dad’s Day with a Ploughman’s Lunch at the station refreshment rooms. It’s just $20 per person, children under 5 free and there are two sittings too. For early lunches between 11 am and 12.30 pm book on 07 863 4421, and for the later sitting between 1 pm to 2.30 pm you can book on 07 863 4983. Take a tour of the historic homestead, and enjoy a day with a difference.

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER ART AUCTION, SALE & EXHIBITION
St John Waihi is out there fundraising for some future projects with an interesting day coming up. Art that’s on display in the exhibition may also be for sale, or could be up for auction. There’s a good variety of art on display between 10 am and 4 pm, when the auction will take place. The venue is Waihi’s Memorial Hall in Seddon St, and light refreshments will be served.

A BIT OF BLOOD FOR A GOOD CAUSE ... OR THREE ON TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
A donation of blood to the New Zealand Blood Service can save up to three lives. It takes less than an hour, they’re a friendly bunch, you’re doing a lot of good and it doesn’t hurt a bit! They’re visiting Waihi between midday and 4 pm and we want to keep them busy all afternoon. Give them a call on 0800 448 325 book a time. No worries if you haven’t donated before, they’ll talk you through things and then all you need to do is take some form of ID along on the day.

19 SEPTEMBER LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
New Zealand Society of Genealogy’s Waihi branch has a couple of presenters along to talk about a variety of things to help you in your research. Beginner genealogy, discovering ancestors through migration records, the Paperspast website, morning and afternoon tea and a raffle sounds like a full day. Take lunch or enjoy soup for a gold coin donation. Head for Waihi Art Centre and Musuem in Kenny St for a start at 9.30 am. It’s just $10 for part or all of the day, which finishes around 3.30 pm.

BY SEPTEMBER 30 NOMINATIONS NEED TO BE IN
With six categories I’m sure you can come up with a recommendation or six for an inspirational Kiwi. New Zealander of the Year, Senior New Zealander of the Year, Young New Zealander of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Community of the Year and Local Hero are the categories. Now it’s over to you to pick a New Zealander that fits the bill and get the forms filled out at www.nzawards.org.nz, or if you prefer get in touch and I’ll sort a nomination form for you.

AND COMING NEXT MONTH IT’S GOLDFEST FUN TIME
With a different twist to some things and some of your favourites back again, things are shaping up for an interesting Goldfest 2015 in Waihi. Starting with Oktoberfest, finishing with a SteamPunk Soiree with a World War One Exhibition in the middle, I’m pretty sure there’s something to suit most people. I’ll have more for you next week.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 IS GOLDFEST MARKET DAY AND TROLLEY DERBY DAY
Want a stall at our Market Day, then grab an application form. Want to enter the Go Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club, then grab an entry form. Head for the same places; Hauraki District Council Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd have them on their counter, Gold FM has them at reception and you can download them at www.waihi.org.nz. Fun is the name of the game with entertainment, sales, specials, street stalls and music from 9.30 am and of course the trolley racing at 12 midday. You up for it?

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.