Update April 20

Posted by GO Waihi on 20/04/2017

I hope you enjoyed your Easter and some time off. I think we got off lightly with Cyclone Cook. We’re almost half way through the school holidays with two weeks off for many. It’s ANZAC Day this Tuesday, a day of remembrance with services open to the public. The autumn colours are starting to come through and staying outdoors later in the afternoon is still enjoyable with the warm temperatures, long may that continue.

JUDGES BUSY JUDGING
The entries have closed for GO Waihi’s Snapshot Competition. Soon we’ll announce the winner of the Panasonic Viera 40” LED flat screen TV. Good luck if you entered; there’ve been some interesting shots showing off a little Waihi at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop that the judges are going through. Once they’ve made their decision you’ll be the second to know.

A WALK OR THREE TO COME
ECHO Walking Festival still has several walks on offer. Saturday's the Mangakino Pack Track walk with a grade 3 to 4. Crossing a stream’s part of the day, and the guide will let you know what a Ricker stand is and you’ll enjoy billy tea (take a mug), some damper twist, sausages and marshmallows back at Dickey Flat Adventure Camp afterwards. There’s also the Walk Today Plant for Tomorrow walk on Sunday April 23. This is an easy walk along the Hauraki Rail Trail from Waihi’s Goldfields Railway to a site where you’ll get to plant some Kahikatea and Totara trees with HELP Waihi, a local habitat group. Holes are dug, gloves are there, and you just plant the tree. Brochures around shops have details, or go to www.echowalkfest.org.nz for walk descriptions and to register.

SPORTS FOR ALL SORTS
Waihi Sport N Action has sorted some events across the holidays. On Wednesday there’s squash at the Waihi Squash Club from 10 am to midday. $5 with rackets provided. Take food and drink. On Thursday there’s badminton at Waihi Events Centre between 10 am and midday, again rackets are provided and it’s $5. There’s also Bluelight skating and games that afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm and it’s free.

MONTHLY MEETING AND AGM
Waihi Herb Society holds their AGM alongside their monthly meeting on Sunday 30 April.

It starts at 2 pm at the Salvation Army hall at the top of Seddon St, and always includes a cup of tea, some good advice and the opportunity to find out more about herbs, gardening in general, soils and plants, companion planting and more.

BLOW THE COBWEBS AWAY
An outing’s overdue and Waihi Waterlily Gardens at 441 Pukekauri Rd is a nice spot to wind down and relax. Their Autumn Fair on Saturday April 29 is a time to enjoy the music and entertainment. Entry’s free; they’ll have horse rides, a BBQ and hot food along with stalls. And there are treasure hunts at 11 am and 1 pm.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PAST
Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists have a meeting on the fourth Wednesday each month at 1 pm at the Bridge Club Hall in Union St, Waihi. You’re welcome to join them. It’s just $2 for members and $3 for visitors, and if they have a guest speaker it’s $5. They’re a great group to help you with looking up your family history.

WHEELS, AXLES, A SEAT, SOME GOOD STEERING AND BRAKES
That’s about all you need to get yourself mobile for GO Waihi’s annual Trolley Derby in October. Just a heads up to start thinking about tinkering so you’re at the start line. It’s free entry, lots of fun and one for the bucket list. Some tick it off several times!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If life was fair Elvis Presley would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.