Update June 15

Posted by GO Waihi on 15/06/2018

I enjoyed Queen’s Birthday long weekend so much I’m keen to do it all again. Who’s with me? The extra time was really appreciated. I even got the first porridge sorted – so nice. As we welcome the winter months let’s put on a smile, think positive and stay warm and healthy. Now there’s a plan. I think a break somewhere along the track between now and the next official public holiday at Labour Weekend near the end of October is not a silly idea. Looking ahead’s a good thing and that’s our main focus this week.

A quick thanks to the crowd that turned up for the Fireworks Extravaganza with OceanaGold, GO Waihi and Gold FM last Friday night to mark 30 years of modern mining in the district. The sky was clear, the music from 1988 brought back some memories and more were created on the night. Thousands gathered and waited in the cool and dark for 7 pm to watch the fireworks. And then … the Rescue Helicopter flew into Morgan Park to pick up a patient. What a fantastic crowd, not a complaint as we waited an extra 45 minutes for the helicopter to clear the area. And then, it was all on, with a countdown to some spectacular fireworks. There were a lot of happy campers that went home that night. Thanks OceanaGold.

Waihi takes pride in marking the Maori New Year and again this year you’re invited to be part of the celebrations. There’s a hikoi, a march to mark the New Year that the public can take part in, planned for today from 11.30 am to 1 pm ending at the pumphouse at the top of Seddon St. There’s also a community celebration at Waihi College hall coming up on Wednesday 27 June. This is on from 5 pm to about 6.30 pm and will feature a lot of performances from local schools. It’s an open invitation with these Matariki celebrations so feel free to take part.

Whiritoa knows how to celebrate the middle of the year. With a theme of silver and white for the night it’s all on for Saturday 23 June from 6 pm with their annual Mid Winter Dinner at the Community Hall. $30 gets you 3 courses and it’s BYO. With no door sales you’re best to phone 07 865 7550 or email dnadjutting@slingshot.co.nz. Then sort your glad rags out for a great night and enjoy.

As you’d expect with the Waihi Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists they’re looking back into history on Wednesday 27 June. Meeting at the Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St there’ll be a video of the 1912 Miners Strike and local Fred Evans, and also the Waikino School shooting of 19 October 1923. Guests are welcome to join them for an interesting afternoon and cup of something hot. It’s $5 to become a member, $3 at the door for visitors unless there’s a guest speaker when it’s $5.

There’s a good start to the Waihi Herb Society’s monthly meeting coming up next Sunday, June 24. Add some great ideas for companion planting, composting, tips on soils and natural remedies, ointments and salves, which herbs are good for what and a nice hot brew and some scintillating conversation, and you’re set for a 2 pm start at the Salvation Army hall at the top of Seddon St. They also look at planting by the moon, good timing for the full moon on the 28th. Everyone’s welcome, just take $3 to help them cover their costs and you’re in!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: Character is what you are, reputation is what people think you are.