Update June 21

Posted by GO Waihi on 21/06/2018

Yesterday, Thursday, was the shortest day, which means we’ve just enjoyed longest night! Did you notice? Did you make the most of it?! I made the most of the millisecond or two with another wink or three of shuteye. There’re just three more months before daylight saving kicks in at the end of September.

WE WISH YOU A (MID YEAR) MERRY CHRISTMAS
All the best for a great night out if you’re going to Whiritoa Library’s mid winter dinner Saturday, night at the Community Hall. You’d better book your tickets now as there are no door sales for this event. Three courses for $30 is good value, and it’s BYO so you’re sorted for refreshments too. Remember to go with the theme of silver and white and have a great time for a good cause. Call 07 865 7550 or email dandjutting@slingshot.co.nz.

NEW MEETING DETAILS FOR GENEALOGY GROUP
The Waihi branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogy has had to make a late change to their June programme. Their July trip was to be to ArchivesNZ Auckland and has now switched to June 27 due to reorganisation and construction work at archives in July. This means they’ve had to put off their original plans for this coming Wednesday, but what an alternative. If you’d like to find out more, and possibly join them, get in touch and I’ll pass on contact details.

MORE MATARIKI EVENTS COMING UP
The Hikoi, or walk, through Waihi township last Friday was awesome. It was great to see so many schools involved, along with locals and visitors who either watched or took part in the walk, waiata (songs) and kai or lunch at the Pumphouse. Next it’s the Community Concert coming up next Wednesday at Waihi College from 5 pm to about 6.30 pm, again with an open invitation. Still to come are the Tapuwae Tournament, a neat game for all ages, being run at Waihi Central School next Tuesday, July 3. Then on Friday 6 July you’re welcome to the Dawn Viewing at Bowentown Heads. This is a good opportunity for anyone to have the stars pointed out and to hear a little history about Matariki’s background.

TROLLEY DERBY BACK IN OCTOBER – YOU UP FOR IT?
Here’s your challenge. Get a frame together, a seat, wheels, some brakes and good steering and put together a trolley for the annual GO Waihi Trolley Derby with Waihi Lions and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club. For some it’s part of their childhood, for others it’s a revisit to their childhood. Enter something crazy, what’s your theme? Challenge your mates, other schools, clubs and family friends. Be part of this fun, exciting day.

ART WAIKINO ENTRIES OUT IN AUGUST
We’ve had some inquiries about the entry forms for Art Waikino across Labour Weekend. The organisers are just doing the finishing touches to the forms, categories etc. and will have them available in mid August. You can go on their mailing list by emailing artwaikino@gmail.com, or keep an eye on this column and our website and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

WHIRITOA TIDINGS’ NEEDS A FEW HELPING HANDS
For 20 years a stalwart group has kept locals up to date with goings on in and around Whiritoa. Now they need others to put their hand up to take on this task. Congratulations to those that have been involved in this popular publication. If no-one comes forward then we’re looking at the last edition in July, yes, next month. If you’re from the area then get some neighbours involved and keep the Whiritoa Tidings going. I have contact details for you.

GOLDFEST IN OCTOBER – WANT TO HOST SOMETHING?
If you, your club, group, school, society, church, business or bunch of mates want to put something on, or get involved in something that’s happening, get in touch with GO Waihi ASAP. Goldfest is Waihi’s Festival in October featuring anything and everything that’s on around the district. Whether it’s indoors or out, creative or sporty, for children or adults, we want to hear about it. It makes it an exciting time to visit our region, and shows what small town New Zealand gets up to, on a regular basis. Here’s your opportunity to get involved in your community in any number of things happening in and around the district.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: 95% of the time I’m right, why worry about the other 7%.