Update January 12

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What a difference a week can make, and even just two days there can be massive changes as we saw last week with the storm and after effects around the country, and in particular the Coromandel and Hauraki districts. That’s when you see the best come out in people, lending a hand, offering a place to stay and keeping in touch with neighbours and even folk they don’t know. Unfortunately, occasionally there is one or two who take advantage and ransack those who are already suffering flooding and loss of property and/or belongings. If that’s you, remember what goes around comes around, possibly sometime somewhere when you least expect or need it. Big ups to everyone from council workers and Civil Defence to locals and visitors who’ve rolled their sleeves up to help out those affected.

Art Waihi’s Annual Art Exhibition is on today to Sunday at Waihi Memorial Hall. Just a gold coin entry, they’re open from 10 am to 4 pm with guest artists Pauline Goodwin and JJ Jones will demonstrate their mosaic work and Whangamata artist Shirley Killick has a display of her colourful paintings. Feel free to purchase, they’re all for sale.

Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club has two speedway meetings this month as their season continues. Next Sunday, January 21, is their Points Day and Sunday of the long weekend is a biggie with their Club Champs and Meremere Challenge. $4 is all it costs for their regular day and $5 will get you in for the Anniversary Meet, and for under 12’s entry’s free. The ‘arena’ is a great place to watch all the hot action and the vista is phenomenal. You can see everywhere from Mayor Island to the Mount. Food and drinks are available, the clubrooms are open and you’re welcome to take your own refreshments. Add a sun umbrella, some deck chairs and a friend or two and you’re set from 11 am for some hot action. They’re right next to the quarry halfway down the gorge on Waihi Beach Rd.

For some exercise take the Pit Rim Walk around the top of the Martha Mine. About an hour and a half should do it, with time for a photo or two and there are several entry points around the mine. Around Black Hill down Clarke St is a good walk with the option of heading to the top as well. The Hauraki Rail Trail gives you plenty of scope from Waihi – go as far as you like and get to Paeroa if you like. Or you can get to the Karangahake Gorge for some outstanding scenery, or even stop at Waikino and return. Bikes share so say hi as they go past.

Browse to your heart’s content in the good variety of shops in Waihi. To keep the hunger pangs at bay you’re spoilt for choice with everything from fast food to German, Thai and Indian restaurants. There are a good mix of cafes and eateries to suit just about all tastes, literally. Service is of the old fashioned kind and parking is FREE! Big vehicles just head to the back of the shops for big car parks! Get outdoors and enjoy our backyard. From the bush to the beach with boutique shopping added just because, we’re hard to beat for choice for a so called small town. For more ideas, where to stay and what to do check out this website and our brochure Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold is good for ideas too.

Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, some shade, something to drink, mozzie repellant, a designated driver, keep looking while you’re cooking, stop ’til you rock at stop signs, lifejackets on the boat, let everyone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back, swim between the flags, look after each other near water and in general, take your time on the road, store food properly and remember your manners. Thanks Mum and Dad! (Did I mention clean underwear?)

HERE’S A THOUGHT: First rule of tinkering with those new tools, games and gadgets, save all the parts.