Update June 14

Posted by GO Waihi on 14/06/2017

I’m kind of hopeful we get a repeat of last weekend’s weather this weekend. We had a couple of great days to get those outside jobs done. For me, it was a section tidy with an emphasis on leaves! A ton of them have fallen and it was good to get them composting. One more downfall and I reckon we’ll be just about set for spring. By this time next week we will have enjoyed our longest night, or shortest day, and hopefully, it won’t be too long before the afternoons start to lengthen a little and we’ll be on the long haul back to daylight saving at the end of September. Remember the plan, no snivels and sneezes – or at least minimise them! And Go Team NZ in the Americas Cup too !!

To start the Maori New Year celebrations Waihi schools and the public (yes, you’re invited to be part of this) are combining at lunch time Friday with the hikoi, or walk, through the centre of town. Starting at midday at the iconic Pumphouse with a korero or talk, the hikoi will be heading through the CBD at 12.15 pm to the bottom roundabout, crossing the road and heading back up to the Pumphouse singing waiata, or songs, along the way. They’ll finish with kai, or lunch, and more waiata at the Pumphouse. The next event for Matariki will be the dawn viewing at Bowentown Heads next Sunday, 25 June at about 6 am. Stay tuned for more info on events coming up.

Keep Waihi Beautiful invite you to join them this Sunday from 10 am to midday with their tidy up around Rocket Park, that’s Victoria Park, on the corner of Kenny St and SH2. Take some energy, maybe some gloves, a bottle of water and the all important smile and they’ll supply the rubbish bags. They have gloves too if you need them. The kids could help and then have some fun time at the park.

Between June 19 and 30 the WW100 Tauranga mobile exhibition ‘Pick & Shovel Men’ will be on display in two shipping containers at the top of Seddon St beside the orange underground loader. Open from 10 am to 3 pm each day except when raining the exhibition recreates the experience of New Zealand Tunnellers underground in Arras during the First World War. It’s a piece of Waihi’s history right on our doorstep.

Four courses for $25 is unheard of but it’s happening from 6 pm. Pumpkin soup, mains with salad, champagne ham, chicken and veggies and several desserts along with entertainment as well. All funds raised go to the Whiritoa Library. Any seats left at the table will be filled quickly so ring 021 029 77890 to book in for a good night of food, entertainment and friends. Remember it’s BYO.

OK, not really a school, more a class, or better still a workshop where seniors can learn all about digital technology. It’s a chance to take out the scary stuff and introduce you to a wide world of information and communication that’s just a click or two away. These free workshops are held each Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm through to July 5. Call in, ask any questions and register at Waihi Community Resource Centre in Mueller St or call 07 863 7555.

We’ll give you details about the Waihi Herb Society’s June meeting on the 25th where they’ll be talking cosmetics and ointments from herbs, and update you on the Matariki Celebrations happening in Waihi to mark the Maori New Year.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant!