Update June 22

Posted by GO Waihi on 22/06/2017

Wow, what a night! The longest night got a big celebration at my place, well if you don’t, who will right? The shortest day’s behind us and we’re days away from noticing a change in the time the sun sinks out west. Daylight Saving is back in 17 weekends, or 121 days if it seems any closer. We’re that much closer to claiming the Auld Mug with 4 wins and a 3 point lead and more America’s Cup excitement Sunday morning. That’s the day after our first test between the All Blacks and the visiting British and Irish Lions at Eden Park tomorrow night! Welcome to any visitors from the British Isles, in fact, any visitors, we’re a welcoming bunch who say come on in and enjoy what we have got ... that’s paradise, in our own back yard.

MATARIKI FUN TIME SATURDAY FOR KIDS & FAMILIES
To mark Matariki you’re invited to Gilmour Lake Saturday afternoon from 2 pm for some fun, games and music. Great for the family it’s an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy displays, music, a Maori performance, a free sausage sizzle with Waihi Lions and relax with neighbours.

GET QUIZZED FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Hetherington House has a fundraiser Saturday night at 5 pm with their Quiz Night. It’s $2 per person, 6 members maximum per team and you can be placed in a team, no problems. Being held at Waihi RSA it’s a fun night with raffles too.

MATARIKI DAWN VIEWING & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
The Dawn Viewing has been postponed until next Sunday, July 2. Why don’t you join those gathering just before dawn at Bowentown Heads, ANZAC Bay, to welcome in Matariki, the Maori New Year? The stars were used for navigation and also helped with the timing of the seasons. You’ll get some history about the Pleiades star cluster that Maori base their New Year on and hopefully get to see the star cluster too. And head for Waihi Memorial Hall for the Community Celebration this Wednesday starting at 5 pm and enjoy some great performances by a variety of local schools and preschools.

2 CONTAINERS 1 DISPLAY
The New Zealand Tunnellers in Arras worked hard and quietly during WW1, and 100 years later you’ve got the opportunity to see and learn a little about what they did and why with an exhibition that recreates the experience of New Zealand Tunnellers underground in Arras during World War One. This unique display is free and open daily, as long as it doesn’t rain, at the top of Seddon St beside the big orange underground mining loader under the Pumphouse until June 30.

COSMETICS & OINTMENTS FOCUS
Waihi Herb Society meets at Waihi’s Salvation Army Hall on Sunday at 1 pm for another meeting, this time looking at herbs and their connection to ointments and cosmetics. They’ll also touch base on companion planting, gardening in general and they always have a cuppa and chat too, so you can get lots of good advice. Take some coins or folding stuff to help cover their costs and enjoy the cup of tea too.

GENEALOGY GUEST SPEAKER & BRICK WALL SESSION
The Waihi branch of NZ Society of Genealogists will meet on Wednesday at the Waihi Bridge Club where guest speaker Jill McGregor will give a 10-minute talk on aspects of her family history. There’ll also be a Brick Wall discussion, so if you’ve come up against a stumbling block and can’t seem to find a way around it, they may be able to help you. Just a few dollars to cover afternoon tea and the hall and you can join them at 1 pm for an informative afternoon.

HEADS UP TROLLEY DERBY HEADS TO WAIHI EARLY OCTOBER
We’re talking fun with a capital F for the annual GO Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club. Right in the middle of the school holidays, Saturday 7 October Haszard St will get transformed into a race track - of sorts. Race, ride, push but no peddling your trolley down to the finish line and get back up for another run ASAP. Entry forms for this free event will be on our website in the next week or so. Get yourself ready for some fun and a challenge and see if you can conquer the course.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: What do you give someone who has everything? Penicillin!