Update January 4

Posted by GO Waihi on 04/01/2017

Welcome to 2017, a brand new year with hopes and aspirations of good things to come. Work on them, just a little at a time, and you’ll get there. First up a pinch and a punch in this politically correct world of ours and no returns, but please do recycle. .... or at least pass it on in the nicest possible way. I hope your New Year celebrations went as planned or better. A month of holidays for the schools and we get to look forward to a break with our Hauraki / Coromandel Anniversary Weekend late this month and then Waitangi Day on Monday 6 February. Fitness, study, travel, relaxation, holiday, promotion, trying something new, going outside your comfort zone ... wow, so many challenges it’s almost scary – definitely exciting. I hope you get through the list as the year progresses.

The Waihi Arts Centre & Museum Gallery in Kenny St, just off SH2 is open through January between midday and 3 pm, along with the Museum. The Gallery is showing artworks from the Permanent Collection, and the Museum gems and minerals display is always worth a look. It’s just a donation to the Gallery only and the usual small admission fee applies to the whole Museum.

Head along to Waihi Beach Community Hall between January 6 and 8 and check out Waihi art’s display. This year’s theme is ‘Tropical’. It’s all for sale and there’ll be artists on site to talk to while they work. A good variety of painting styles are used from oils and pastels through acrylics and resin to collage and watercolours, with works varying from contemporary and abstract to representational. They’re open from 9 am to 4 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it’s only a gold coin to get in.

We get involved in a variety of things, sometimes driving it, other times assisting alongside and sometimes pushing things along quietly from behind. The idea is lots of groups, people, clubs, organisations and the like can add to a great town and vibrant region.

GO Waihi itself organises Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop – this year on Wednesday March 22. It’s the first day of Beach Hop and attracts well over 600 hot rods and classic cars and over 10,000 people to town for a fun day. We also assist with ECHO Walking Festival, running from April 1 to 23 with lots of interesting walks for all ‘walks of life’ to get out in our backyard and enjoy. We get behind Matariki, the Maori New Year Celebrations in July and also promote Waihi across October with our annual Goldfest event which includes the popular Trolley Derby. And of course we also organise the annual Waihi Christmas Parade in early December.

There’s also the town brochure, Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold and the town streetscape we are very proud of, including the flags that welcome visitors to our mall without walls, and the region in general. Then there are the Business After 5 meetings, this website and you can see we keep busy. We’re also involved in a lot of one off events and projects, like the Rainbow at Victoria Park – arriving in the next month or three. We’re a great starting point for any questions too. Not bad for a non profit incorporated society that loves promoting Waihi as a great place to live, work, play and visit. Roll on 2017!

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