Update June 24

Posted by Go Waihi on 24/06/2016

Bye bye to the shortest day and hello the short trip to spring. Well that’s the plan with a few wet and cooler days along the way I’m sure. It’s a good time of year for closed doors, a few board games instead of a screen, a metre from the heater, some healthy and inexpensive wintry meals, definitely some outdoors time and the occasional star gazing experience on a nippy night is always good too. Keep the snivels to yourself, make a Matariki New Year’s Resolution and may the sun shine in a spot near you.

You’re invited to join in or watch the Hikoi at midday. Starting at the historic Pumphouse the Hikoi will travel through the centre of Waihi. Keep an eye out for the 700 plus participants from lots of the schools in the area as well as the public as they cross near the bottom roundabout and make their way back up to the Pumphouse green and enjoy lunch. This coming Wednesday head for the Waihi Memorial Hall for the Community Celebration. It’s a great show with lots of different performances, and runs from 5 pm to 7 pm, again with an open invite. The Dawn viewing is at Bowentown Heads by ANZAC Bay next Friday at 6 am, with a cuppa and kai at Otawhiwhi Marae afterwards. And the Tapuwae Tournament is on Thursday 7 July at Waihi Central School with 15 teams booked so far.

Waihi Lions invite you to their fundraiser for St John’s building fund on Saturday August 6 at Waihi Beach Community Centre. Guy Cater will have you laughing and possibly hypnotised with his show, and you’ll also get to enjoy a great meal. Tickets are just $45, or get a table of ten together and pay $400. They’re available at the Waihi St John Op Shop, Waihi HDC Service Centre & Library and Waihi Beach Pharmacy.

At this time of year we often get the lovely letter letting us know we have an increase coming with our power bill. Grey Power can help you pay less for your power, and you just have to be a member, which is open to anyone 50 or over. Contact me for details. Waihi Grey Power meets on the fourth Friday each month at the Baptist Church Hall on the corner of Gilmour and Kenny Streets at 10 am with interesting guest speakers and to share ideas; feel free to join them.

The Waihi Herb Society will do that ... look after the questions that is. They’re holding a meeting with a difference. A quiz with soup meeting and you get the soup whether you win, draw or ‘let someone else win politely even though you could have answered all the questions if you’d really wanted to’. Sunday’s the day, 2 pm’s the time and the Salvation Army hall at the top of Seddon St is the place. Remember a few dollars to cover costs and you’re in for a great afternoon. Say hi to Herb for me.

They’re there, behind the scenes, to help those affected by prostate cancer, their family and friends. In whatever way they can, whether it’s someone to talk with, to feed the pets and check your mail if you’re away or to help point you in the right direction, just ask. You can contact the Waihi Support Group on 07 863 7076.

Next Saturday night the Waihi Beach Community Centre will be transformed back to the 50’s and 60’s for the annual Op Shop Ball. That’s the theme, so spend as little as you can for an outfit and enjoy all the music of the era, all the fun of the era and an atmosphere like no other era. The Munroes will entertain you and tickets are going fast at Waihi Beach Professionals for just $40.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Keep the dream alive ... hit the snooze button!