Update February 16

Posted by GO Waihi on 16/02/2017

It’s a funny feeling this time of year when we’re enjoying summer sports – didn’t the New Zealand Black Sox Softball Team do well last weekend winning their tournament – and here we are about to start another year of rugby with the Super 18 season kicking off next Thursday. The beach still beckons, the sun will still burn you and BBQ’s are still my preferred way to cook at the moment. 48 days into 2017 I hope all’s ticking over nicely. I guess the mandatory annual letter from the power company won’t be far away, as we start to use more electricity in the coming months, saying how they’ve held prices but! Get out and about and enjoy, there’s plenty on and coming up.

Waihi Hack & Hunters Recycled Ribbon Day, both In hand and Ridden is on Saturday with pony and hack rings. They’ve got entries coming from Tauranga, Thames, Whitianga, Ngatea as well as locally for this family friendly fun day where participation is what it’s about. The day starts at 9.30 am at the Waihi A & P Showgrounds on Parry Palm Avenue and is free for the public to head along and have a look. There’ll be food and refreshments there and if you want to enter check out the Waihi Hack & Hunters FB page or contact Jeannine on 021 172 7507.

The Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists meets on the fourth Wednesday each month. This Wednesday, 22 Feb, you’re welcome to join them at the Bridge Club in Union St from 1 pm. The guest speaker is Heather McLean who’ll give a ten minute talk on New Zealand air related deaths. There’s also the Brick Wall session, where if you’re stuck with your research they may be able to help find a way around your situation. It’s just $2 for members and $3 for non members with a cuppa included.

In fact take several walks. Short, long, over hills, down dales, across streams, up mountains, through tunnels, aboard a train and overnight are all included in over 40 walks on offer from April 1 to 23. We’ve got an amazing mix of walks in our back yard, all guided, all free apart from any travel costs and a request for a donation to cover the brochure costs and ranging in length from an hour or two to a day or two. Family friendly, adult oriented, trampers terrain, kids included ... take a look at the brochure around town or visit the website to see what we have on offer in our 14th year.

We’re revving things up for day one of Beach Hop and Waihi will be transformed into hot rod and classic car central with a twist ... or two on Wednesday March 22. Bands playing rock and roll through town, best dressed competitions for him and her, the Gold FM Drag Race through the CBD, specials in shops, stalls with more, cafes and eateries catering to all tastes and a fun, relaxed atmosphere all make for a day not to be missed. And BIG thanks to OceanaGold coming on board as our major sponsor, you rock! (pardon the pun)

Entry forms for the annual Gold FM Drag Race are out. Have you got the proverbials to take part in this event? As part of Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop with OceanaGold on Wednesday 22 March at 12.30 pm, out come the hairdos, the outfits, the accessories - and the cameras. Teams of three blokes dressed in their Sunday best, or is that Saturday night worst, and off racing they will go through the main street of Waihi. No stilettos but the rest is up to you. Entry forms are at Gold FM, HDC’s Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd and here on our website.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Maintenance free means when it breaks it can’t be fixed.