Update January 18

Posted by GO Waihi on 18/01/2018

Muggy, it’s a wonderful word, and it’s been on a few lips lately. Throw in sticky, moist and humid and I think we’ve got it covered. A slightly later sunrise and a little earlier the sunsets has me thinking to take advantage of the outdoors as much as possible. I’m catching up with family who live in Perth at the moment, now that’s hot! NCEA results are out and schools are in late this month or early in February. Over half of the month is behind us already; it’s amazing how fast it flies by. They’ll be putting the rugby boots on for the start of the Super Rugby Competition about this time next month. There’s still plenty on with more coming up around the region so let’s see what we can tempt you with.

Open every day through January from midday to 3 pm in Kenny St this is a great place to check out, rain, hail or shine. Their Summer Exhibition includes paintings by local art groups, embroidery and weaving and pottery. There’ll also be some of the museum collection on display. The museum has had a makeover this year, check out the changes. It’s just a gold coin donation for the gallery and the museum’s only $5 for adults, $3 for the youngies or $15 for a family of four.

We have an update from the ECHO Walking Festival team, and the list of walks for 2018 is up on a new, refreshed website. The dates run from April 7 to 22, and there are some interesting new walks this year, based from the Coromandel to the Kaimai Ranges. There’ll be more put up as they get confirmed over the next while too, so keep an eye out. From those keen on short walks, to the more adventurous wanting a challenge, you’ll be pleased with the mix of walks around our back yard. Some are only available through this event as they go across private land, so make sure you check out the website www.echowalkfest.org.nz.

Come clean to the Coromandel is the call for visitors and locals, when it comes to dirty shoes, boots, walking sticks, bike tyres, pushchair wheels and animals paws too. They all spread this microscopic disease that’s killing our native Kauri. Clean everything thoroughly before and after forest visits. If you can’t clean your gear on site, bag it and do the job properly when you get back to base. Stay on the tracks, and off kauri roots. There’s no going back, at this stage there isn’t a cure. Check more details at www.kauridieback.co.nz. And make sure you tell your friends, visitors and others you see near the forest to ‘do the right thing’.

Sunday this week sees the Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club hold their first meet of the year. It’s their Points Day so the drivers will be hell bent on adding more points to their tally with some hair raising action from 11 am across the afternoon at their track next to the quarry half way down the gorge on Waihi Beach Rd. $4 and you’re in with under 12’s free. Next Sunday is a biggie with their annual Club Champs, along with their annual Meremere Challenge. Same place, same time and just $5 entry. Food and refreshments are available and you can take your own. An umbrella, chair, chilly bin, sunscreen and you, the family and mates are set for a good time! The great view goes for free by the way.

‘This Is Me’ is a campaign aimed at females to grow your participation in sport, recreation and physical activity. Sport Waikato, Waihi Sport N Action and Hauraki District Council invite you to Morgan Park in Waihi on Saturday February 17 between 10 am and 1 pm. There’ll be displays, demonstrations, activities for children and families, competitions and food and drink retailers. Entry is free and there’ll be lots of information, pamphlets and people to talk to about different activities from sports clubs to dieticians and nutritionists.

From the Genealogy Club to gymnastics, croquet to the Herb Society there are a myriad of things to do in and around Waihi. Athenree Homestead’s worth checking out, the historic Victoria Battery has a museum, kiln tunnel and narrow gauge railway and there’s Scouts and Cubs, Girl Guides, Brownies and Pippins, and even in line hockey. Tennis, squash, netball, football and rugby are always after new members and there are fitness groups that run, ride and walk. Get in touch and we’ll see if we can make contact with the right people to help you.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: If your parents didn’t have children, then there’s a 90% chance that you won’t either!