Update January 13

Posted by GO Waihi on 13/01/2017

It’s Black Friday and fingers crossed we’re ticking along nicely, well so far so good. Superstitions are just that, he says hoping not to break a mirror or walk under a ladder. New Year is behind us, and visitors keep arriving to enjoy our home, New Zealand’s holiday capital. So much to see, so much to do and doing not a lot is pretty good from time to time too. We have our Anniversary Weekend that Auckland tags on to and Waitangi Day to celebrate soon as well. The three day working weeks worked well for me, and I paced myself well with the holidays and am stretching them out with family and friends still visiting. How are you going?

‘UNLIMITED PALETTE’ DISPLAY TOMORROW
Head for the United Church Hall in Wilson Rd, Waihi Beach between 10 am and 5 pm tomorrow to enjoy art created by four artists, each bringing a different dimension on a main theme of ‘travel’. It’s free admission and includes acrylics, handmade books and cards, mixed media, calligraphy and watercolours.

WAIKINO’S VILLAGE MARKET AND GARAGE SALE TOMORROW
From 9 am there’ll be fresh produce and plants for sale, and loads to check out. Bric a brac and china alongside clothes and shoes, furniture and old tools will fill Victoria Hall, along SH2 in Waikino. Funds raised go to the upkeep of the hall. There’s a good start to your day.

AND THEY’RE RACING ...
Head to Waihi Beach Dirt Track beside the quarry on Waihi Beach Rd on Sunday for some hot action from 11 am. $4 gets you in with refreshments available. The view alone’s worth it, oh, and take an umbrella and maybe a deck chair for extra comfort on the bank.

BLOOD, JUST A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
The New Zealand Blood Service will be at Waihi Memorial Hall next Thursday from 12 pm to 4.30 pm. Can you give a little – that’s time and blood? Less than an hour and just a pin prick can save up to three lives. Call 0800 448 325 to book a time, and remember to take photo ID on the day.

PARTICIPATION ’S THE KEY WITH THE ECHO WALKING FESTIVAL
From April 1 to 23 we have some amazing walks for all abilities organised. You can take a walk where you plant a tree for the future, there’s another that takes in a magical, mystical Faerie waterfall and the favourite Train N Trek for the family is a great one for the holidays. Take a walk through Waihi’s history and enjoy the Waikino Arts Trail Wander. Brochures around shops and eateries have full details, and the website even more information and that’s where you register. From grade 1 to 5 there’s a walk for you, friends and family. Most are free with a request for a donation to help with brochure costs and all are guided so you get a good background.

ART WAIHI ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND EXHIBITION
Some art’s ready to go, some still has the paint drying and yet more will be created during the show from Friday to Monday, January 27 to 30 at Waihi Memorial Hall. Art will be for sale and artists will literally be painting on site using a variety of techniques like watercolours and acrylics to pastels and oil works. Guest potter Andrew Killick will have pottery on display too. Doors will be open between 10 am and 4 pm with a gold coin entry fee.

CLEAN YOUR BOOTS, POLES AND BIKE WHEELS
Kauri Dieback is a disease we need to halt as it’s killing our Kauri forests, with no known cure. Tiny spores are being transported by walkers and those biking through our bush and you can help stop the spread by staying on tracks, staying off Kauri roots and cleaning your gear – boots and walking shoes, bike wheels and walking poles and sticks – before you go in and as you leave the bush. Bag your items so you can wash them with hot soapy water and tell others to do the same. Tane Mahuta and other mighty Kauri will love you for it.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Alarm clocks make people rise and whine.