Update April 22

Posted by Go Waihi on 22/04/2016

Our thoughts go to those who fought for our country as we head into the long weekend and ANZAC Day on Monday. It’s great to see the different generations show their respects at the dawn parades and services. The school holidays are ticking along nicely with reasonably reasonable weather and it’s so far so good with the mild. There’s plenty of sport on across the weekend and a bit of kite flying could be good.

COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE:”HI MY NAME IS .....
The dilemma at Goldfields Railway in Waihi is their new guard is in need of a name. Can you help? The wooden guard at the Waihi Railway Station is dressed in a traditional NZR uniform. The competition is open to all young visitors who are travelling on the train. All you need to do is write down your choice of his name and your name and contact details and put it in the collection box at the station. There’s a great prize for the winner and hopefully a cool name for the new Waihi guard.

TAKE A WALK, TAKE IT IN, TAKE YOUR TIME
Here are a couple more walks to try out around Waihi. Waikino to Owharoa Falls is interesting and takes around an hour. Check out the old rock quarry at Owharoa, and the short side track on the far side of Waitawheta Rd takes you through bush to the waterfall. Take your camera and good care around there. And for something different the Karangahake Rail Tunnel Loop is spot on. Under an hour gets you through a one km old brick lined tunnel and a fascinating loop that goes past the Crown Battery site and follows the Ohinemuri River back to your starting point at the Karangahake car park.

A BIT OF FUN IN THE HOLS
The second week of the school holidays sees some interesting days for the kids. Waihi Event Centre has the badminton on Tuesday from 10 am to noon. It’s just $5 with racquet provided. Take food and drink. And Bumper Ball on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm is $5 too. Police Blue Light Indoor Games are on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm and it’s free.

A MUSICAL MANAGERIE WILLIAM WEBB’D BE PROUD OF
Based on the five rugby nations playing the Super 18, this concert is a cross of Argentinian tangos, orchestral music from Australia and New Zealand, the unique sounds of Africa and the Taiko Drums of Japan. What an interesting mix, and all for $10 or $22 depending on your age. Sunday 8 May at the Waihi Beach Community Centre is when and where, and tickets? They’re available at Molly’s at the beach, The Art Market in Waihi, the Katikati Information Centre and at www.ticketek.co.nz. Good on you Bay of Plenty Symphonia and friends for bringing it this way. Last time they sold out so get your tickets early and treat Mum on Mothers’ Day.

SINGALONG SONGS WITH SINGERS SOON
Ohinemuri Singers and Katikati Maestros and Divas are joining their singing talents to present an afternoon of old favourites and fun songs. It’ll be a concert full of happy nostalgic singing. ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Singing In the Rain’, some Roy Orbison, a bit of John Denver and some Robert Burns text (not txt!) all feature. Dates are Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May.

ON NOW AND COMING UP SOON
Waihi Art Centre and Museum’s exhibition is open each day from midday to 3 pm in Kenny St. Featuring the ‘3D’ art of Ray C. Neuman it’s well worth the small donation to enter, and they’re all for sale for under $500. The museum is a must right alongside. There’s a bit of history in there, and more being added, just not as it happens. Waihi Herb Society’s meeting covering ointments, Kombucha and Aloe gel during Herb Awareness Week is on Sunday at the Salvation Army hall at the top end of Seddon St starting at 2 pm. Cuppa included! Waihi Branch of the NZ Genealogists meet on Wednesday at the Bridge Club Rooms in Union St. Bruce Ralston is speaking on library data bases, catalogues and image sources and how to locate them. $5 includes a hot brew I believe.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Never feed your cat anything that clashes with your carpet.