Update August 9

Posted by GO Waihi on 09/08/2018

I’ve just been looking at a few photos of Nambassa, Waihi’s massive rock concerts held from 1978 to 1981. The January 1979 three-day music and alternatives festival, held over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, attracted over 75,000 people making it the largest arts, multi cultural and popular music event of its type in the world. It’s something Waihi’s pretty proud of, and we still have a lot of music artists living in and around our area. Should we do it again? Tell you what, there’d be a few of the original crowd turn up along with today’s generation, and nothing’s really changed when you consider back then it was all about workshops and displays advocating holistic health issues, alternative medicine, clean and sustainable energy, and unadulterated foods. And the bands were damn amazing too! Let’s see what’s coming up.

IF YOU LIKE A BIT OF COUNTRY MUSIC – YOU’RE IN LUCK
We’re heading towards the monthly meeting of the Waihi Goldmine Country Music Club on Sunday. Every second Sunday of the month they get together at the Waihi RSA from midday and you’re invited. You can sit back and enjoy the performances or to be part of the entertainment, just put your name down and you could be centre stage. Afternoon tea’s included in the cost and they regularly have guest artists.

NZ BLOOD SERVICE NEEDS YOU; WELL YOUR BLOOD
It doesn’t matter where you live you are more than welcome to register a time to visit Waihi’s Memorial Hall this Monday between 9.30 am and 1 pm when they’re in town to replenish their stocks. Operations, transfusions, crashes … you never know what your blood will be used for, but it only lasts about four weeks before it has to be used or replaced. Call them on 0800 448 325 to ask questions and book a time. Their website’s helpful too at www.nzblood.co.nz for information. Let’s keep them flat out. It only takes about an hour and remember your photo ID on the day too.

TROLLEY DERBY ON TRACK FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
Entry forms are out for GO Waihi’s annual Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club being held on the middle Saturday of the next school holidays. This is a fun, free event for people to ‘have a go’. We’ll get you down the Haszard St hill as many times as possible from midday and then give lots of prizes away. Entry forms for the trolley derby are on our website and also at Hauraki District Council’s Waihi office. And you can email me and I’ll send one to you.

TO MARKET TO BROWSE AND BUY
The traditional Market Day the morning of the Trolley Derby, October 6, is always worth coming into town early so you can sort Christmas, birthdays and maybe something for yourself too. We like the variety of stalls that come to town so if you’re a keen stall holder with interesting crafty stuff get an application form on our website, or phone or email me and we’ll send one out.

KAURI DIEBACK – A SERIOUS SITUATION
With bush walks closing around the country because of Kauri Dieback visitors are starting to head our way to get out and amongst it. This causes a bit of concern with dirty boots, tyres, walking sticks and the like infecting Kauri in our region. So do your bit and clean your gear, and tell anyone and everyone you see to do the same. It’s a responsibility, not an option if we want to keep our unique mighty Kauri healthy, there’s no cure. And it needs to start yesterday! We’re already hearing whispers of tracks closing in our area.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Some people aren’t hard of hearing, they’re hard of listening.