Update February 12

Posted by Go Waihi on 12/02/2016

I hope you enjoyed your Waitangi Weekend, whatever you got up to, or not. We managed to get some fine weather and there were plenty of things happening around the region. A bit of surf for the boat crews in the comps at Waihi Beach had the teams working hard. It’s settle in time for schools and another month to get outdoors as much as possible with daylight saving ticking along. Two weeks time and we’re into the Super 18 for 2016, and the Olympics are on the way too. Now when’s the next public holiday, Easter at the end of next month?

LOOKING FORWARD TO LOOKING BACK
The Waihi Branch of the New Zealand Society of genealogists gets together on the fourth Wednesday each month, with their first meeting of the year on 24 February. Bronwyn Spurr will give a talk and there’ll also be the opportunity to find out ways of searching your family history and share your knowledge too. Annual membership is $5, door charge for members is $2 and non members $3, and if there’s a guest speaker it’s $5. You’re welcome to join them at 1 pm in the Waihi Bridge Club Hall in Union St.

WALKS & RIDES FOR FUN, TRAINING AND A CHALLENGE
Waihi’s got all of these in abundance. The Pit Rim Walkway is a great starter that’s about 4 km’s and an hour and a bit, including time to take some photos, read the info boards, and have a breather with the pushchair and kids in tow. A couple of good entry points are by the Pumphouse and up Moresby Ave at the western Lookout. The Black Hill Walkway goes around the base, an hour and a quarter will do it, and to the top if you like, add about half an hour. Then there’re several walks and runs in the Karangahake Gorge ranging from easy to a challenge ranging in times and difficulty. These tracks are for walkers and cyclists, so share with care and say gidday.

STALLS FOR WAIHI’S WARM UP PARTY FOR BEACH HOP
Stall application forms are out and close early in March. With Easter falling over the weekend leading up to Waihi’s Party for Day One of Beach on Wednesday 30 March we’re gearing up for a busy day with something for all sorts, from car lovers to everyone just wanting a good time. If you’d like a stall we’re looking for diversity, stock the shops don’t have, unique, different, Beach Hop themed maybe … what have you got? Forms are on our website, at Gold FM and at Hauraki District Council’s Waihi Service Centre and Library.

COUNTRY MUSIC LOVERS INVITATION
Waihi Country Music Club meets on the second Sunday each month, which happens to be this Sunday and Waihi RSA is the venue. The annual club fee is $10 for a single, $15 for a double and $20 for a family. Get along from midday for some great entertainment, they regularly have guest singers, and you can register to perform too. Afternoon tea’s included and there’s just a small entry fee to cover their costs.

WAIHI MASONIC LODGE AFTER NEW MEMBERS
Quietly behind the scenes this group works away in the community supporting groups and individuals. Freemasons offer a brotherhood of men from all races, religions and all walks of life, holding fast to principles of friendship and fellowship. If you’d like to find out more their contact details are on our website, or get in touch.

DANCE, MOVE AND GROOVE
The idea is to have fun and the spinoff is getting fit. Then there’s the camaraderie and learning some pretty nifty moves. The Dynamic Hip Hop Dance Krew has classes on Wednesday at Waihi Memorial Hall from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. They cater for anyone from 5 years up with classes to suit a variety of ability levels. I’ve got the tutor Hayley’s contact details, contact me.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The brain is as strong as its weakest think.