Update May 19

Posted by GO Waihi on 19/05/2017

It’s that wee bit cooler first thing, and with the sun setting just after 5 pm the days are definitely a lot shorter, with the temperature dropping fairly rapidly from around 4 pm, but who’s checking? I do as it’s sad but true that a lot of us turn up for work before the sun rises and get home after it sets, so an extra layer’s not silly. I just try to get all those outdoor jobs done before the onset of the thermometer dropping. Well done to those who are prepared to put on events; it’s you that make the difference between a fun and a mundane time. Support these folk if you like to get out, and we’ll get more opportunities more often. Don’t support them and ... hmmm, let me see, would you put on an event if people ‘couldn’t be bothered’ to go along?

KEEP WAIHI BEAUTIFUL – GOT AN HOUR OR TWO TO SPARE?
Join this group on Sunday from 10 am to about midday for their first public clean up; a spruce up of Seddon St down town. Many hands make light work, just take some gloves. They’ll have bags for the rubbish and you should meet in front of the Waihi Memorial Hall.

HORSES FOR COURSES FUNDRAISER
Walk, trot, canter, lope or gallop into Waihi College and get your tickets for the RugNet Derby Race Night on Saturday 27 May and help the senior netball and rugby teams get to their Gold Coast tournament in July. This is their last fundraiser and it’s a fun time win or lose. Pick your horse, have a flutter, enjoy a complimentary wine or beer on arrival and take some cash for the bar. You can get the courtesy van there and home and there are nibbles provided too. Tickets are at the college office for $15, or $100 for a table of ten. Then it’s just a case of cheering your horse on ... it may not make a difference to the outcome of the race, but it sure is fun.

FUN FISHING COMP FOR KIDS
Sunday 28 May is the date of Waihi RSA Fishing Club’s Reel Fun Kids Fishing Competition. Based in harbour they’ll be weighing in trevally, kahawai and snapper from 2 pm to 4 pm, with $250 for the average weight fish. There will be around $1000 of prizes including spot prizes and it’s just $5 to enter. It’s open to children up to 16 and entry forms are available at Waihi RSA and Waihi Sports and Cycles in Seddon St.

CYBER SENIORS GET DIGITALLY SAVVY
Waihi Community Resource Centre is running a series of four free workshops for seniors to learn about digital technology. It sounds a lot more daunting than it is, so why not take advantage of the offer and register at the WCRC in Mueller St and get up with the play and surprise friends and family. The workshops run weekly from Wednesday June 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

BREAK THE STIGMA, MEND THE MIND
1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year. One of the biggest challenges for people experiencing mental illness is discrimination because of prejudice and stereotypes about mental illness. There’s a free community workshop in Waihi on Wednesday 14 June at St Joseph’s Parish Room in Mueller St from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm for everyone. To register contact Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki or phone / txt 021 902 434.

HEADS UP RE MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
The Maori New Year is coming up next month and Waihi’s celebrating with a variety of events and activities the public is welcome to be part of. There’ll be a hikoi, or walk, through the town, ending with a picnic at the iconic Pumphouse. Also on the agenda is a dawn viewing, a Tapuwai Tournament and a community concert. There’re also waiata and Te Reo evenings this year. Running from June through into July, it’s something uniquely New Zealand. We’ll keep you up to date here.

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