Update March 18

Posted by Go Waihi on 18/03/2016

We’re well in to March and the occasional muggy day is still ‘clinging on’, sorry about that. Some say autumn starts at the beginning of the month; I’m keen to hang on to summer until around the 21st when officially things tick over. Mind you I’ve noticed it’s been a little cooler first thing recently. Daylight saving finishing soon will bring us back to reality so soak up the outdoors while you can. It’s harvesting time in the garden with plenty of fresh vegies a nice payoff for a little work earlier on, just got to keep up the watering. And don’t forget a bit of shade and plenty of fresh water for the pets.

Get a brochure from around town and check out full walk descriptions on the net at www.echowalkfest.org.nz. With over 40 walks and more there’s bound to be something to suit you. Whether it’s the Waihi Express Train N Trek, a good family stroll that takes you on Goldfields Railway out to Waikino and Victoria Battery and Owharoa Falls, or the cliff top walk across to Homunga Bay, there’s something to suit most levels of fitness. Head to the top of Waihi across private farm land with the Hilltop Vista Farm Walk, a one off opportunity to take in some stunning views, and there’s also the Black Hill Plus Walk with the option of going to the top, and on the Mangakino Pack Track Walk you get to enjoy ‘billy’ tea and damper twist. All guided they’re free apart from a donation if you like and any travel costs. Get into it!

Waihi Lions Community Directory is the only one you’ll reach for. It’s got the latest contact details for just about everyone around Waihi and Waihi Beach, and it’s in big print. At just $2, or a little more if you like, it’s great value, and includes the updated street and number changes around Waihi. Lions members will be outside the supermarkets and Mitre 10 in Waihi and at the Wilson Rd shops over the next while and they’re available in lots of retail outlets as well as at HDC’s Service Centre and Library. It’s a good read, and all the proceeds go back into our local community.

Yep, kicking off things on Wednesday 30 March with the traditional good time for all, Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop returns with hundreds of classic cars and hot rods filling the closed off CBD, There’ll be rock and roll music coming from inside the Pumphouse, in front of the Memorial Hall and in Rosemont Rd with bands playing through the day. Dress up and enter the best Dressed Guy and Gal Competitions, there’s one for the kids too. We’ve got the Gold FM Drag Race (entries still being taken) happening at 12.30 pm downtown and loads of sales and specials through all the shops as well as lots of stalls adding to the flavour of the day. No problem with hunger pangs with plenty of cafes, restaurants, eateries and food stalls too. Book it in for a day to remember. The Best Hot Rod and Classic Car trophies are awarded at the prize giving at 2.15 pm. Thanks to OceanaGold, and Hauraki District Council for your support. Let’s rock and roll!

Actually almost anything goes when it comes to the Gold FM Drag Race. Wednesday March 30 is Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, and that’s when you get to strut your stuff and show off your fashion prowess, or not. Downtown at lunchtime let the race begin with teams of three guys dressed for the occasion running up and down the main CBD of Waihi. And they do it for FUN! Well there are prizes but it’s the participation that’s the main thing and the glory of course. Enter a team by getting an entry form from Gold FM in Haszard St Waihi, the HDC Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd or download one. Let’s see what you’ve got guys! (figuratively speaking)

You’re invited along at 2 pm on Sunday April 3 to Waihi Memorial Hall for birthday cake and coffee while the kids enjoy activities with this group that put together packs of clothes for those that need them. Donations of babies and children’s clothing would be welcome and it’s an open invitation to go along and find out more about this group.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Talk’s cheap because supply exceeds demand.