Update March 4

Posted by Go Waihi on 04/03/2016

We’ve got a few more weeks before daylight saving wraps up, and the evenings come on a lot quicker. We’re into month three of 2016 and the New Year resolution is kicking along nicely. How’s yours? Later this month we mark Easter, and two days later it’s Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop on Wednesday 30 March, more on this below. It’s a dirty weekend in Waihi coming up, with Waihi Scouts Mudslide Day, the Waihi Lions Community Directory has got the streets and numbers sorted and we’re not far away from some great walks with ECHO Walking Festival. All this and a few barbecues still to come and we’re ticking along nicely.

WET, MUDDY & FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
We’re talking about Waihi Scouts Annual Mudslide Fundraiser tomorrow with three slides, lots of water, a ton of mud, a rope bridge over a stream and an obstacle course that involves … lots of mud! There are changing tents so take a change, remember some old shoes and some extra cash for the food and drinks, coffee and ice cream and even a sausage that you can cook over the open fire. Head south from Waihi on SH2 and about a k past the Beach turnoff you’ll see the signs on the right hand side, by the Gun Club. There’s a ton of parking down the driveway. $5 is all they ask and $2 if you’re not taking part. Go on, you know you want to.

THE RIGHT NUMBERS AND STREET NAMES
The pay off for waiting just a short time means Waihi Lions Community Directory for Waihi and Waihi Beach will be right up to date. With about 650 properties affected it was a good call to delay the printing of this publication, the only one you’ll reach for. All the street numbers and name changes are up to date, and it’ll be out this Monday at lots of shops, HDC’s Service Centre & Library in Rosemont Rd and the Lions will be in front of the Waihi supermarkets over the next few days too. It’s only $2 and the bigger print is great.

WALK, TALK, SHORT, LONG, HILL, DALE, OCEAN, BUSH, SMILES
ECHO Walking Festival is an opportunity to explore our tracks and walkways with guides that are happy to share what they know. From easy peasy to rough and tough there’s got to be a walk to suit you. In Waihi there’s a great family outing with Goldfields Railway train ride and then a short or medium grade 1 walk, a climb worth the effort to the top of Waihi with views that make the trek worthwhile and the Mangakino pack track walk in the Karangahake Gorge involving a stream, thousands of kauri trees and damper twist and ‘billy tea’. There’s also the Black Hill track walk that takes in an awesome bamboo grove and cyanide kilns and the Homunga Walk has some spectacular views. It’s on from March 19 to 10 April and brochures are all around town and at www.echowalkfest.org.nz where you can register.

THE LIONS HAURAKI RAILTRAIL CHARITY FUN CYCLE RIDE
The Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton is the cause and there are four rides to choose from. You can ride from Karangahake at 11 am, and Waihi, Te Aroha or Thames at 10 am, meeting in Paeroa. There are spot prizes and a $1000 travel voucher to be won. $15 for adults, $5 for 5 to 14 year olds and a family of four is $35. Register on the day, Sunday 13 March.

NO TIME TO DRAG YOUR HEALS
With Waihi’s Warm Up Party with GO Waihi and Oceanagold there’s always something interesting happening. And this year is no exception with the return of the ever popular Gold FM Drag Race at lunchtime. But where would we be without the big, brawny blokes in their best bouffant, bows and bright fashionistic outfits; well usually fairly eccentric women’s clothing. Entry forms are an important part of the process. Get one from Hauraki District Council’s Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM or off our website. Grab two mates and get into training, and please make sure your outfits clash, you’ve never failed before.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.