Update June 28

Posted by GO Waihi on 28/06/2018

And out come the winter woolies, just like that. A bit of wet, some cooler temperatures and the fact we’re in June, soon to be July, and all the ducks line up in a row. A beanie here, a puffer jacket there, scarves, gloves and thick socks are the outfits most popular at the moment. Throw in porridge for starters, a soup or two, a hearty winter roast - with leftovers if possible - and your choice of hot brew and we’re well on the way to taking care of the situation. Remember the ‘metre from the heater’ rule, turn out lights you’re not using and keep the doors closed with blinds and curtains shut early to keep the heat in and you’ve definitely saved a dollar or two, and stayed safe. Now here are a few things to get out and about for.

There were some great performances at the Waihi Matariki Community Celebration at Waihi College on Wednesday night, well done to all those schools that gave it their all. Kapa haka, waiata and lots of energetic entertainment were enjoyed by the audience. Now we look forward to the Tapuwae Tournament this coming Tuesday, 3 July, between 9 am and 3 pm at Waihi Central School. Teams from several schools will be vying for the sought after trophy. Get along and enjoy the fun and fast action.

Early on Friday 6 July be at Bowentown Heads for the Dawn Viewing at 5.30 am. There’ll be some history of Matariki, and hopefully the sky will be clear so you can see Matariki and her six daughters. Following the viewing you’re invited to Otawhiwhi Marae for soup and catch up. All before work or school too! And well done to all those behind the scenes that do the mahe to get these events organised, often unthanked but deserved of a mention at least!

Friday nights from 6 pm at Waihi Sports Centre in Baker St out come the squash rackets for their very popular Friday night Squash Club Nights. Beginners to experienced players are welcome. At just $3 for non members it’s a great way to a) get some fitness, b) warm up, c) meet some neat likeminded people and d) improve your squash. New members are welcome, and for more info call 022 34 01139 or 021 599 637. Some sustenance and liquid refreshments aren’t a silly idea.

This $3000 playhouse would look good in any back yard, and it’s being raffled to help raise funds for a 3 year old Waihi girl called Ocean, who needs an operation in America to enable her to walk. $10 tickets, or three for $25, are available at 100% Waihi in Rosemont Rd and Clarks Pharmacy on the corner of Seddon St and Rosemont Rd. Drawn on Saturday August 25 it could be a lovely addition at your place, and it’s a worthy cause too.

Goldfields Railway’s always a fun time for kids and adults alike, with a walk, bike ride or something to eat at the other end. Beat the feet around the Pit Rim Walkway for some exercise, or try around Black Hill for a change and to the top if you are up for it. Waihi Art Centre and Museum’s always interesting with history constantly being added and Victoria Battery has lots of history to share in their museum, the kiln tunnels and their narrow gauge train. And of course you can always head along the very popular Hauraki Rail Trail from Waihi on foot or by bike for a great outing that won’t tax you too much.

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