Update July 19

Posted by GO Waihi on 19/07/2018

The second term school holidays are drawing to a close so I guess we’ll see some better weather soon. Seems to be that way where parents get two weeks of sheer fun and frivolity with their kids, indoors, and then it’s back to school with the weather fining up. Keep that positive attitude to the winter weather and we’ll be seeing the backside of it pretty soon. A big ups to council staff, the workers, out there getting the roads sorted in not particularly nice conditions. The Football World Cup is over, now for the clean-up in France after their fans ran rampant smashing things. I guess we’ll be looking at the countdown starting soon for the Rugby World Cup. Can we win it a third time in a row?

Waihi Drama Society is hosting Pat Wollaston's "Family Spirit" for two shows only; Saturday, July 21 at 7.30pm and at 2 pm this Sunday, July 22nd at The Theatre in Boyd Road, Waihi. If you think family life is complicated, wait ’til you see the after-life. Tickets are $10 each, just $5 for members, and are available with cash or a cheque at The Artmarket in upper Seddon St Waihi.

Excitement’s building with stall holders gearing up for this Sunday at the new Karangahake Hall for the first time since it was burnt down 7 years ago. Fresh fruit and produce, crafts of all sorts and food and refreshments will all be on sale on the 4th Sunday of each month. If you’d like more info or to book a stall phone 07 862 9233 or 07 862 7452.

Right, let’s fill in the gaps. DNA and family history is what the seminar being hosted by the Waihi branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists is all about this Wednesday, 25 July. Being held at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, it’s an open invitation to hear Genealogist Michelle Patient talk about this new tool and how it can help with your research. On from 10 am to approximately 2.30 pm the cost is $15 with tea and coffee provided and it’s a BYO lunch.

GO Waihi gets involved in a good variety of things, sometimes driving things, other times assisting alongside and regularly pushing things along quietly from behind. The idea is lots of groups, people, clubs, organisations and the like can add to a great town and vibrant region. GO Waihi itself organises Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop – next year on Wednesday, March 27. It’s the first day of Beach Hop and attracts well over 600 hot rods and classic cars and over 10,000 people to town for a fun day. We also assist with ECHO Walking Festival, running across March and April with lots of interesting walks for all ‘walks of life’ to get out in our backyard. We get behind Matariki, the Maori New Year Celebrations in June and July and also promote Waihi across October with our annual Goldfest event which includes the popular annual Trolley Derby. And we organise the Waihi Christmas Parade each year in early December. There’s also the town brochure, Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold and the town streetscape we are very proud of, including the flags that welcome visitors to our mall without walls, and the region in general. Then there are the monthly GO Waihi Business After 5 meetings and this website and you can see we keep busy. We’re also involved in a lot of one-off events and projects, like the Rainbow at Victoria Park, helping with the OceanaGold Fireworks Extravaganza and we regularly support new businesses in town, welcoming them and directing them to people and places for advice and help. We’re a great starting point for any questions too. Not bad for a non-profit incorporated society that loves promoting Waihi as a great place to live, work, play and visit.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: I wish I had a dollar for every one I’ve spent.