Update April 5

Posted by GO Waihi on 05/04/2017

I’m not a starter for these earlier sunsets. It’s an outdoor country we live in, whether it’s walking a track, having a BBQ, enjoying the beach or just watching the sunset – but not at 6 pm please! And in a month or two it’ll be close to 5 pm. It seems strange for a country like ours to ‘close up’ so early. Thursday’s the last day of term for schools as we head into Easter, and soon after we commemorate ANZAC Day. The traffic will get busier again with these public holidays; I just hope it doesn’t get like Auckland when I was up there last weekend. Bumper to bumper everywhere I went and really hard getting out of the slow flow. Roll on Autumn for as long as possible.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop needs the support of some serious investors. With road closure to cover, advertising and promotion, portaloos, fees and other costs the day just would not happen if it weren’t for the generosity of our major sponsor OceanaGold. They were keen to get in behind the day and also supplied the unique trophies for best hot rod and classic car, so thanks heaps. Hauraki District Council came on board again this year, which was really appreciated. And BananaPepper baked the booby prizes for the Gold FM Drag Racers and also supplied all the volunteers with a hot cross bun and hot drink, you’re awesome. To Diamonds On Seddon, Waitete Restaurant, Café and Icecreamery and Clarks Pharmacy thanks for supplying the great prizes for best dressed each year. And to all the volunteers; Waihi Lions marshalling the barriers, Community Patrol, Waihi Maori Wardens, Waihi College senior students and all the individuals, a big thanks. And cheers to those from Beach Hop 2017 who brought their cars along for the day from Whangamata and to everyone who came to enjoy the cars, music, entertainment, shops and stalls and the atmosphere. You made the difference. Catch you next year on Wednesday 28 March for another one!

A good idea to celebrate your piece of paradise after being cut off with the ‘floods’ recently I reckon. They’re getting together at the Community Hall Saturday from 4.30 pm to about 8 pm. Take a plate of nibbles and it’s BYO drinks. Enjoy, you deserve it.

Since 1947 the Waihi & Districts Amateur Radio Club has been in operation. They’re having a display at the Waihi Art Centre and Museum and a club activity and lunch coming up on Saturday, May 13. Anyone who’s been part of the club is invited to get in touch and join the 60th celebrations. Contact Maxine on 027 316 5278.

Around the Waihi district, we’ve got some great walks through April and the school holidays. This Monday 10 April there’s the family favourite Daly’s Clearing Walk, a grade 1 to 2 family friendly walk that will take about 4 hours. The Train N Trek train ride and walk on Tuesday 18 April is always popular for families. Goldfields Railway has a special price and you can stroll to Victoria Battery or Owharoa Falls for a picnic before the train trip back to Waihi. Wednesday 19 is the second Walk Through Waihi’s History. Be quick the first one got booked out. Saturday 22 April the Mangakino Pack Track’s a good one for keen walkers happy with a grade 3 to 4 walk and the Walk Today and Plant for Tomorrow on Sunday 23rd is an easy one for the family, and you get to plant a tree. Brochures have details or visit the ECHO Walking Festival website to register.

Keep the pics coming in. Amateur photographers have until the end of Tuesday 18 April to get your best photos of Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, up to six, into GO Waihi. The judges will pick their favourite and that person will win a Panasonic Viera 40” LED flat screen TV. Email them singly to GO Waihi (info@waihi.org.nz), drop them off on a disc or memory stick to Gold FM or post them into PO Box 34, Waihi 3641.

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