Update October 19

Posted by GO Waihi on 19/10/2016

Pull out the sunscreen, shorts and a hat! Here it comes ... a long weekend long overdue I reckon. Four and a half months since the last public holiday it’s one I really look forward to. It’s bound to be a busy one around our neck of the woods, New Zealand’s Holiday Capital. Whatever the weather I hope you enjoy yourself. There’s a lot on for all ages and weather forecasts. Now for some nice swells and a BBQ and we’ll be set. Welcome to the place we like to call home.

GOLDFEST - A FEAST OF EVENTS STILL TO COME
We’ll break it down for you, but suffice to say there’s plenty of choice of things on across Labour Weekend, and next weekend too. It’s been a great time across October with people enjoying getting out and amongst a variety of events. Well done if you’ve supported these, as it means those organising and hosting will hopefully think it’s worth doing again. For a full run down of Goldfest events see here on our website or pick up a programme, they’re in most shops around Waihi. Here’s the lowdown.

ART WAIKINO ALWAYS A PLEASURE, WITH SURPRISES
You never know what you’ll see at Art Waikino. With five categories - craft, art, photography of people, photography of other than people, and sculpture - plenty of tastes are catered for. The art’s all for sale too. You can pick up some great pieces, not only for yourself but maybe as a gift. The Victoria Hall is the venue in Waikino, and they’re open between 10 am and 4 pm all three days of the long weekend.

DIG DEEP, AND SHALLOW, AT THE BIG BEACH DIG ON SUNDAY
Waihi Beach Christian Centre hosts this annual event to time in with the low tide. So 4 pm Sunday it’s all go for year 1 to 12 kids. Hands and feet only and free to enter makes it a fun time for all. Adults to supervise youngsters please. And it’s in front of Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

FOOTY FREE FOR ALL ... IT’S TOURNY TIME
9 teams have registered for Waihi Football Club’s annual Labour Weekend two day tournament at Morgan Park. Saturday and Sunday there’ll be some serious football played, as well as not quite so serious. It’s the end of year get together for these teams, who like to take the trophy home, and also love the social side. You’re welcomed along too, to watch, take in some refreshments, cheer them on and enjoy the beautiful game.

GOOD LUCK AND GOOD REMINISCING
If you’ve entered the XTerra Trail Challenge on Saturday, all the best. There are several courses for different levels of a challenge, and it’s not too late to enter. The course as well as the prize giving is all based at Dickey’s Flat in the Karangahake Gorge – what an outstanding venue. Once finished head for Waihj to extend your stay; there’s a lot on. And if you’re taking part in Waimata School’s Centenary Celebrations enjoy all the activities and catching up. Best smiles for the photos eh!

GOLDFEST’S EMERGENCY SERVICES DAY NEXT WEEKEND IS ALL ON
Saturday October 29 between 10 am and 2 pm a great day’s planned at Morgan Park with the last event before the park gets a makeover. Check out all the emergency services – 9 of them - close up. Talk to the experts. Have some fun in the BIG FOAM and try your hand at the police fitness competency course. Watch the police dog displays, the Jaws of Life demo, a kitchen fire scenario, the rescue helicopter (if not operational), hoses and water, fire engine rides, sausage sizzle and refreshments, candy floss and competitions with the mini IRBs. Lots to see and plenty to do, get the family along. Yes, it’s free entry.

STOP, SHOP & WIN THE $1000 POT OF GOLD
Spend it how you like. To win it just shop in participating stores around Waihi, put your name and contact details on the form and pop it in the box. Tuesday November 8 GO Waihi will get the police to draw maybe your name out just after 8 am on Gold FM. A nice perk just for shopping locally through October eh! The more you shop locally the more chances you have of winning.

NEXT WEEK ...
I’ll tell you about Waihi colleges RugNet Derby Night next Saturday night, the 78th annual Waihi A & P Show on Saturday November 12, the Waihi Lions Garden Ramble November 12 and 13 and Waihi’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday December 10. It’s all go in small town NZ, I tell you!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: What you enjoy is much more important than what you have.