Update March 15

Posted by GO Waihi on 15/03/2017

Happy St Patrick’s Day on Friday, to be sure! What a week of weather. An evacuation, some flooding, slips, swollen rivers, road closures and the good old local Kiwi spirit shining through with folk helping each other out. The countdown’s on for Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, ECHO Walking Festival, a walk in the local cemetery, the Hack & Hunters Recycled Ribbon Day and more.

Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop with GO Waihi, OceanaGold, and Hauraki District Council and Gold FM is this Wednesday, all the way through downtown Waihi. Roads will be closed and the streets filled with hundreds of classic cars and hot rods, people dancing and enjoying the atmosphere and lots dressing up for the occasion. Dozens of stalls will add to the glittering array of goods and products that the shops have on sale. It’s a fun day whether you’re into cars or not. There’ll be three bands playing through the day and plenty of food and refreshments through the cafes, restaurants and eateries, together with even more food stalls. Get ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll with FUN for everyone!

Win a Panasonic 40” big screen LED TV with GO Waihi at Beach Hop and Waihi’s Warm Up Party. Take some photos that show off the action and Waihi in some way, sort through your best six pics and send them to GO Waihi by Tuesday April 18. The competition’s open to amateur photographers and the judge’s decision is final. Email single photos to info@waihi.org.nz, put them on a disc and drop them off to Gold FM upstairs on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Streets in Waihi or post them to GO Waihi, PO Box 34, Waihi 3641.

Gold FM’s Original Drag Race is a lot of fun at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop! That’s when the blokes dress in drag and run through downtown Waihi with two of their mates, with a handbag as their baton. Thanks to BananaPapper for the ‘Booby Prizes’ and to all the businesses for prizes for all the race team members. Entry forms are at Waihi’s HDC Service Centre and Library in Rosemont Rd, Gold FM upstairs on the corner of Seddon and Haszard Sts Waihi, at www.goldfm.co.nz and here on our site.. Get them back ASAP!!

8 am the roads close downtown in Waihi. Shops and stalls will be set to go by 9 am. At 10.30 am the convoy of 500 plus hot rods and classic cars arrive from the top of town and drive through the CBD to their parks for the day. 11.15 am Waimata School will be entertaining you in front of the Memorial Hall. Gerry Lee and Rick-O-Chet will be pounding out the sounds all day from there too. In Rosemont Rd Al and the Wild Katz will rock out the sounds while Tim and the Rockets are in the Pumphouse pumping out rock n roll all day. At 12.30 pm the Gold FM Drag Race gets underway in Seddon St with prizegiving straight afterwards in front of the hall. Prize giving with the Best Dressed Male and Female, Boy and Girl starts at 2.15 pm, with the presentation of the Best Classic Car and Best Hot Rod Trophies then too. Streets reopen at 3 pm, so make sure your car is off the road well before then if you’re part of the day.

Men, women, boys and girls are invited to enter the Best Dressed Competition at Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop. Dress up and enter at GO Waihi Beach Hop Central in the foyer of the old library (Clark and Gay Lawyers), next to the Memorial Hall. Thanks to Diamonds On Seddon, Waitete Restaurant, Cafe and Ice Creamery and Clarks Pharmacy for the great prizes. The winners will be announced at the Prize Giving at 2.15 pm in front of the Memorial Hall. Good luck and let’s see your best rock & roll outfit.

Saturday sees the twice postponed Waihi Hack and Hunters Recycled Ribbon Day at the Waihi A & P Showgrounds along SH2, Parry Palm Ave. Starting at 9.30 am there are in hand as well as ridden categories in the pony and hack rings. Food and refreshments are available with a full days’ competition. Entry’s free and contact Jeannine at 021 172 7507 to enter.

Join Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists on Saaturday at Waihi Cemetery gates at 3.45 pm for a walk and talk with the theme of ‘Mining Accidents’. It’s free, and will be cancelled if wet.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If you’re too open minded your brains could fall out.