Update December 29

Posted by GO Waihi on 29/12/2017

I hope you’re rested and relaxed after the New Year celebrations and 2018 is treating you well. There’s no shortage of things to see and do, from the beach and bush to the backyard. The slip, slop, slap, wrap should be constant along with the slurp – keep that liquid intake up. From the GO Waihi team we wish you well for a fantastic, positive and successful year ahead. And if you’re visiting, come back and see us sometime soon. A big thanks to the Hauraki Herald for giving us the opportunity to keep you up to date with what’s happening around our district.

WAIHI ART CLUB EXHIBITION BESIDE THE SEA
Wet of fine this event won’t be affected. It’s a good opportunity to see what the Waihi Art Club’s been up to through 2017. Their annual Summer Exhibition is on from 9 am to 4 pm at the Waihi Beach Community Centre today to Sunday.

With a variety of styles and subjects to suit a mix of tastes, it’s all for sale! A gold coin donation at the door is the only cost and the artists theme this year’s interesting – Fakes and Forgeries with a Twist.

WAIHI ART CENTRE AND MUSEUM EXHIBITION
Open every day through January from midday to 3 pm in Kenny St this is a great place to check out, rain, hail or shine. Their Summer Exhibition includes paintings by local art groups, embroidery and weaving and pottery. There’ll also be some of the museum collection on display. The museum has had a makeover this year. It’s just a gold coin donation for the gallery and the museum’s only $5 for adults, $3 for the youngies or $15 for a family of four.

SAY NO TO KAURI DIEBACK DISEASE
Come clean to the Coromandel is the call for visitors and locals, when it comes to dirty shoes, boots, bike and pushchair tyres and animals paws too. They all spread this microscopic disease that’s killing our native Kauri. Clean everything thoroughly before and after forest visits. If you can’t clean your gear on site, bag it and do the job properly when you get back to base. Stay on the tracks, and off kauri roots. There’s no going back, at this stage there isn’t a cure. Check more details at www.kauridieback.co.nz. And make sure you tell your friends, visitors and others you see near the forest to ‘do the right thing’.

ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL 2018 SHAPING UP NICELY
We have an update from the ECHO Walking Festival team, and they’re not far away with the list of walks for 2018 going up on a new, refreshed website. The dates run from April 7 to 22, and there are some interesting new walks this year, based from the Coromandel to the Kaimai Ranges. From those keen on short walks, to the more adventurous wanting a challenge, you’ll be pleased with the mix of walks around our back yard. Some are only available through this event as they go across private land, so make sure you check out the website www.echowalkfest.org.nz once the ‘new improved’ website is upgraded.

ART WAIHI ANNUAL EXHIBITION LOOKING GOOD
Pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils; now there’s a mix of mediums. These all feature at Art Waihi’s annual Exhibition at Waihi Memorial Hall on Friday January 12 to Sunday 14. Open from 10 am to 4 pm you can watch artists at work, chat to them, and browse the works that are all for sale. There will be demonstrations of beautiful mosaic work by J J Jones and Pauline Goodwin, and Shirley Killick will have a selection of her colourful paintings on display too. A gold coin donation helps cover the cost of the hall.

BEACH HOP AND DAY ONE IS ON IN WAIHI MARCH 21
Wednesday 21 March is Day One of Beach Hop, New Zealand’s favourite event. Waihi hosts this day and likes to turn on a fun day for car enthusiasts and all visitors and locals with a variety of things to see and enjoy. Hundreds of hot rods and classic cars take over the town centre, Gold FM has the now (in)famous Drag race at lunch time through the centre of town and there are a ton of shops and stalls with sales and specials ready to wow you. Add a fantastic mix of eateries to take away those hunger pangs and you’ve got a great day. Dress for the occasion and you could win the best dressed male or female competition. Here’s your invite, RSVP’s not required, just turn up and enjoy the fun and excitement.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: First rule of tinkering with those new tools, games and gadgets, save all the parts.