Update June 9

Posted by Go Waihi on 09/06/2016

It’s happened again. You get the extra day, you like it, and there isn’t another one next week. We want more, we want more! OK, it’s Labour Weekend near the end of October before the next public holiday, but we can handle it, we’re tough, we can make the long haul without that one day off, just one, surely, can’t we!! If not now’s a good time to think of when to take some you time in the next month or three. Out with the winter woollies and on with the report.

WAIHI MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
It’s time for another round of New Year Resolutions with the Maori New Year Matariki, and some community celebrations over the next month. On Thursday June 23 there’s the ECE Matariki Sports Day with a BBQ lunch at the Waihi Marae Reserve from 9.30 am to midday. Friday June 24 there’s a Hikoi through the centre of Waihi with combined schools ending up at the Pumphouse for lunch. Wednesday June 29 you’re invited to the community celebration from 5 pm to 7 pm at Waihi Memorial Hall, as well as the Dawn Viewing on Sunday 3 July at 6 am at Bowentown Heads, followed by a cup of tea at Otawhiwhi Marae. There’s also a Tapuwai Tournament coming up on July 7.

WHIRITOA LIBRARY DINNER SOON
Friday June 11 is the time to book in your diary for the annual Whiritoa Library Dinner. A BYO affair, except for the mulled wine, it’s a great way to enjoy good food, entertainment and raise some funds. The theme is a Touch of Red this year so think outside the square and include red in your outfit somehow. Included in the $25 is the mulled wine, soup, your main and dessert.

SMALL TOWN, FUN EVENTS, GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Waihi’s proud to be a busy little town with a heart of gold. There’s always something on, and plenty of things coming up. Our website gives you an idea of what’s happening. Like Goldfest across October, the annual Trolley Derby and Market Day early in October, our Christmas Parade and Market Day leading up to Christmas, the ECHO Walking Festival in March and April, Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop – the next one’s Wednesday March 22 2017 – and a myriad of other events put on by locals, and not just FOR locals, you’re always invited. Get involved and be part of the community. Contact me at GO Waihi for more information and any ideas.

GOTTA SAY A QUICK WELL DONE
With visitors galore and locals always keen it was great to see so many things on across the long weekend. Good on those who put these events on, creating some fun things to see and do, to add to the bush, beach and boutique shopping. Your hard yards are appreciated and sometimes go unmentioned. Here’s a for example; Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair, Waihi Lions Book Fair and Waihi Art Club’s Art Exhibition.

D R A M A CLUB INVITE TO
Dance, Read scripts, Act, Mprovise, At Waihi Drama Society Family Nights. Held on the third Friday each month it’s an opportunity to have some fun, develop performance skills and confidence in a supportive atmosphere. Perform a musical or dance item, take part in improvisation games and enjoy the refreshments too, all for a gold coin donation. Join them next Friday night from 7 pm to 9 pm at The Theatre in Boyd Rd.

SQUASH B GRADE AND UNGRADED TOURNAMENT
Here’s a challenge. Waihi Squash Club is hosting this tournament from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June at their courts in Baker St. The $35 fee includes dinner on the Saturday night and they’re taking entries up to Sunday June 19, just over a week away. If you’re up for it email waihisquash@gmail.com, and remember the warm ups eh!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: There just aren’t enough days in the week - end!