Update December 28

Posted by GO Waihi on 28/12/2018

We made it! Christmas, the rush, the rain, the food, the dishes, the visitors, the wrapping paper, the whatever it is you got up to ... phew. Don’t forget to say thanks to Santa, I’m sure the kids have already eh!? Now’s the time to relax and reflect on another year gone by, but be quick ’cos here comes the next one. There’s no disputing we’re busy around the Coromandel, and we can expect it to stay this way for a while yet. With a backdrop of beach and bush with beautiful boutique shopping in between, Waihi’s a great place to base yourself as you explore our backyard, with everything within easy reach.

Flat out’s a good way of describing the New Year period at Whiritoa, and you’re welcome to join in. There’s the tennis tournament tomorrow, doubles for all ages. And Battle of the Streets Tug of War starts at 6 pm. Sign up at the Surf Club. This will be followed by a concert with Acoustic Twist on the deck. Sunday is Kids Quiz Night from 6 pm with teams of 5. Meet at 3 pm at the Surf Club Monday for the Scavenger Hunt for kids 12 and under. New Years Day it’s the Crafty Arts for kids from 2 pm at the Surf Club and then the Quiz Night for grown-ups from 7.30 pm. And good luck with the King of the Mountain race on Wednesday Jan 2 at 8 am.

The Extravaganza Fair has it all, a circus, musicians, lots of different arts and crafts, plenty of food and refreshments, games for the kids and even a tiny house open home, a magic show and it’s free entry. Give yourself plenty of time to check everything out between 9 am and 5 pm this Monday 31 December and Tuesday and Wednesday 1 and 2 January next to the Waihi Beach Community Centre. And Swamp Thing will get your New Year’s Evening off to a great start with help from a number of DJ’s between 5 pm and 10 pm for just $10, kids free.

With no known cure for Kauri Dieback we want to protect our forests so a simple reminder to do a small, but very important job is paramount. Clean boots and shoes, walking poles, bike tyres and pets paws before and after visiting any bush walk. It’s that simple and the consequences if we don’t are pretty drastic. Tell anyone you come across too. Bag anything you can’t clean, and do the job when you get home. The spores can live for 6 or more years in bone-dry soil on your boots etc. Check the full story out at www.kauridieback.co.nz

Art will fill the Waihi Beach Community Centre when Waihi Art Club holds their annual Summer Art Exhibition, and it’s all for sale! Using a variety of mediums from acrylics to pastels, oils to watercolours there’ll be plenty to take in for just a gold coin donation. Check out their ‘Special Challenge Exhibition’. On from 9 am to 4 pm January 4 to 6, they’ll have some members there painting on site, and to chat to. Grab a raffle while you’re there.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: A New Year’s Resolution – think twice before pushing ‘reply all’.