Update June 30

Posted by GO Waihi on 30/06/2017

I’m feeling fine on a Friday and hope you are too. The Auld Mug’s heading down under – what a great win to Team New Zealand. Add the Black Ferns winning the World Sevens Series, the Warriors winning last weekend and a good win in the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand can stand tall with our sports prowess and skill; and a big ups to those working tirelessly behind the scenes in all these sports too! A pinch and a punch for the last day of the month, and another one for tomorrow and the beginning of July. Into the second half of 2017 with gusto we go.

Whether you’re here following the rugby or just on holiday we love you visiting our neck of the woods. And a mighty fine neck of the woods we’ve got, with a gorge on one side, beaches on the other and boutique shopping and a great lifestyle in between the two. Make sure you take some time to check out everything that’s on offer around here; it’s a great place that’s just down the road from the ‘Big Smokes’. We get to enjoy the lifestyle while being just over an hour away if you want to visit Auckland, Tauranga or Hamilton. Check waihi.org.nz for things to do, a great selection of cafes and restaurants, places to stay and events coming up. Our town brochure, Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold will give you lots of options and a history of our goldmining town too.

Head for Gilmour Lake Reserve tomorrow from 2 pm for a good afternoon for the whole family. There’ll be tai chi, ballet and yoga demonstrations, a free sausage sizzle for the kids with Waihi Lions along with music and entertainment. It’s free and includes several preschool and childcare centres with activities for kids too. There’ll also be rock hunting, a Maori performance, displays and later in the afternoon braziers lakeside.

We’re really hoping for a clear dawn this Sunday as the Waihi Matariki, or Maori New Year, Celebrations continue with the Dawn Viewing at Bowentown Heads by ANZAC Bay. Get there in plenty of time to park your car and gather to hear some history of Matariki, and hopefully get to see the stars in the sky as the sun rises. Yes, it’s an early start but well worth it.

I wish I was playing; Tapuwae’s such a neat game. It’s a traditional Maori ball game where players pass the ball aiming to knock the block in the middle of the two sides over. Lots of teams will gather at Waihi Central School on Tuesday to play for the Tapuwae Trophy. You’re welcome to go along and watch this fast paced, action packed competition and cheer the teams on.

The end of next month, which begins tomorrow by the way, sees Waihi Drama Society’s latest production, ‘The Last Resort’, open on stage. Set in a retirement village, the residents want to organise a bus trip to the casino and to do some sightseeing so plan a concert to raise funds ... and as you probably guessed things don’t quite go according to plan. Fun and laughter are the prescription for this play. Rehearsals are well underway, the set is ... ’er ... set and the tickets will be out in a week or two. We’ll keep you up to date here.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I don’t have a beer gut, I have a protective covering of my rock hard abs!