Update January 21

Posted by Go Waihi on 22/01/2016

Here comes a long weekend, or two, well not quite yet but soon. Our Anniversary Weekend is next weekend followed by Waitangi Day with the Mondays a public holiday. The start to the school year is looming up then too, and come to think of it, that’ll be one twelfth of 2016 behind us. We’re happily going about our business at GO Waihi gearing up for Beach Hop and Waihi’s Warm Up Party on Day 1, on Wednesday 30 March, all day! Muggy weather has been fun lately?! I reckon I’ve lost a kilo or two, but I’m sure it’ll find me again. And it’s great to see the region’s still full of visitors enjoying the hospitality, scenery, activities and lifestyle we enjoy.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN WAIHI
At 11 am Friday 22nd January, a street parade through Waihi’s CBD will start the weekend’s New Zealand Tunnellers commemorations. Representatives from a number of countries will walk alongside descendants of the New Zealand tunnellers from WWI and the military vehicles up Seddon St and then down Gilmour St to Gilmour Reserve, where the dedication will take place at 1 pm, with an open invitation. Other activities across the weekend include seminars on Saturday you can still register for. Also at the Waihi RSA there’s a dinner and film, ‘Beneath Hill 60’, on Saturday night. Welcome to visitors here for this event. We hope you enjoy Waihi’s hospitality and leave with fond, friendly memories.

THEY’RE ALREADY WALKING OUT THE DOOR
The ECHO Walking Festival brochures are out around the Coromandel in lots of shops and businesses, ready for you to grab, read and register. Coming up in March through into April some walks have maximum numbers so get yourself a brochure, or head to our website and follow the link to find out about some fantastic walks right on our back doorstep and book in. They’re mostly free, all guided and a great way to check out some amazing local bush and beach walks and more. First timers are catered for right through to the seasoned tramper with some great family friendly walks included.

CUT THE POWER BILL
Waihi’s Grey Power could be worth talking to if you’d like to pay less for your power. If you’re fifty or over and you can join Waihi Grey Power and take advantage of this great offer, and others they organise for their members. They meet monthly to hear guest speakers, share ideas and connect with other Grey Power groups throughout New Zealand. Get in touch to find out where and when they meet and who to talk to.

A R T STANDS FOR ‘A REAL TREAT’
Art Waihi invites you to their annual exhibition and sale at Waihi Memorial Hall over Anniversary Weekend. Local artists will have a variety of art styles on display, from contemporary pieces to out of the ordinary one off art, and it’s all for sale. There’ll be a potter and artists working on site, and their guest artist is award winning local Val Tubman, featuring paintings in oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours, ink and other mixed media styles with floral subjects, landscapes, seascapes, animals and portraits. It’s just a gold coin entry and they’re open daily from 10 am to 4 pm Friday 29 to Monday February 1.

WET OR DRY, HOT OR COLD, TRY THIS
Where will you find old maps, photos, paintings and posters as well as scrapbooks? In the gallery at Waihi Art Centre and Museum. That’s just skimming the surface though. The two places complement each other and live at the same site, in Kenny St Waihi. Throughout January they’re open every day from midday to 3 pm, rain, hail and shine. Just a few bucks gets you a really good overview of Waihi’s history, and a donation will get you into the Lee-Johnson Art Gallery too.

WHO’S DOING WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHO’S INVITED
We put on some great events around the Coromandel, and it’s always good to be able to let people know what you’re doing. Fundraising, holding a fete, a music concert, running a running event; if you want some more people to come, we want to hear about it and let others know too. It could be your monthly club get together, an annual activity or just a one off. Want more club members, having a give it a go day, hosting a local, regional or national event, tell GO Waihi about it.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Extend yourself, put the phone up to the other ear.