Update April 7

Posted by Go Waihi on 07/04/2016

I’m not used to the early start to the evenings yet, the afternoons were great to get outdoors after work so it’ll take a while to settle in. We’ve still got the warmth and it’s nice to see daylight earlier in the day. I loved seeing all the classic cars and hot rods that were around over Beach Hop, whether they were signed on participants or just taking their pride and joy along and adding to the variety. It’ a great fund raiser and a fun time for everyone. It’s just about time to pull out the extra layer for that comfort feeling; just about!

Well almost. There’s a Panasonic 40” wide screen LED TV up for grabs for something you may have stored in your camera right now. The shots have been taken and now it’s time to pick your best and enter. Amateur photographers are invited to enter the GO Waihi Snapshot Competition, looking for that photo of Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop that shows something of Waihi and the action. You have until Friday 15 April to get your pics picked and emailed to info@waihi.org.nz, one per email please, you can put them on a disc drop them off at Gold FM, corner of Seddon and Haszard St Waihi or post them to PO Box 34 Waihi 3641. Make sure you include contact details.

We’ve had a good run over the last few weeks with just a few walks to come this weekend to wrap up ECHO Walking Festival. Get a brochure and take a walk. There are full descriptions on the website where you book too. Thanks if you’ve taken part, and to all the guides a big thank you for leading the way and sharing your local knowledge. It’s almost time for the judging of the photo competition, a review and then planning walks for next year.

Library subscriptions are just $30 per household (if you haven’t paid yet it’s overdue). Indoor bowls is more fun than serious but …It’s all on on Mondays from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Emergency Centre, the Fire Hall, with a $6 joining fee and $2 each week. The Whiritoa Patchwork Group meets Wednesdays in the Whiritoa Hall between 10 am and 2 pm. Take your lunch. And get in touch if you’d like to find out more about the Whiritoa Lifeguard Service. They’re very active and always keen to hear from potential members.

Sunday May 8 at Waihi Beach Community Centre the Bay of Plenty Symphonia presents Taiko to Tango, music inspired by the five countries taking part in the Super Rugby Competition. Enjoy the unique sounds of South Africa, the sensuous tango from Argentina, orchestral music from New Zealand and Australia and the Taiko drums of Japan. Check our website for where to get tickets and prepare to be entertained.

Take advantage of the warmer weather and the sun setting around 6 pm and get out for a stroll after work. Around Waihi there’s Gilmour Lake for a 25 minute flat casual walk. The Pit Rim Walk will take about an hour and a quarter, giving you time to check the views and read the info boards. There’s a hill or three but still a good one for the family. Black Hill Walkway at the end of Clarke St is a good walk circling Black hill and also running alongside the Ohinemuri River. About an hour and a quarter, and add another 30 minutes if you add going to the top. And then of course there’s the Hauraki Rail Trail for your bike or a walk. There’s just a sampling of walks in our backyard.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Today’s tough times always seem to end up as tomorrow’s good old days.