Update February 1

Posted by GO Waihi on 01/02/2019

A four-day working week and I’m loving it. Waitangi Day falls this coming Wednesday, and I know of several people who have opted to take the extra couple of days to make it a good long break. If only I was one of them – with a couple of extra days either side! Suddenly schools are going back with books, uniforms, camps, new classes and all the other necessary tasks to get done first thing, all the best for a great year.

WAIHI HERB SOCIETY GEARING UP FOR 2019
Meeting on the fourth Sunday each month, the Waihi Herb Society always has an interesting get together with guest speakers, trips to gardens along with lots of sharing and advice between members. Their next meeting, starting at 2 pm, is Sunday 24 February at the Salvation Army hall in upper Seddon St, where they’re hoping to visit Gary Cook’s garden, weather permitting. Gary’s knowledge and willingness to share it has seen him talk in the past about the music of plants, healing benefits of plants, Māori folklore and much more. $4 is the entry fee and a cup or two is included.

WAIHI BRANCH OF NZ SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS LOOKING AHEAD AT YESTERDAY
It’s shaping up to be an interesting year with a mix of outings and guest speakers being organised for their meetings on the fourth Wednesday each month. On Wednesday, February 27 they have Kae Lewis, who has a long interest in gold mining with her family origins, along to help put Waihi in contact with the worldwide gold rushes. You’re welcome to join them from 1 pm at Waihi Art Centre and Museum in Kenny St, it’s just $5 which includes afternoon tea.

A ‘SOAP OPERA’ WITH A DIFFERENCE
‘Pop’ the question to a friend or two to join you for a soap sudsy afternoon’s worth of entertainment on Thursday 14 February. The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art. There’ll be bouncy bubbles, giant bubbles, square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, the venue is Waihi Drama Society’s Theatre in Boyd Rd starting at 4 pm. Adults are $16 and kids $10 and there’s a workshop at 5.15 pm for 5 and overs for $10 too.

ECHO’S A WALK, A STROLL, A TRAMP AND AN EDUCATION
ECHO Walking Festival could be a walk in the park or a tramp through bush. It might be beside the beach or taking a boat out to explore Mayor Island. Some walks have a maximum number so get on line and register as early as you can ‘to avoid disappointment’. Running from April 6 to 28 there are plenty of opportunities to see some of our backyard and get the history along the way with the guides. Free is the other thing to mention, except for travel costs I think. Follow the link from our website to ECHO Walking Festival 2019.

WAIHI’S WARM UP PARTY FOR BEACH HOP STALLS
Application forms for stalls for Waihi’s biggest day of the year are available at HDC’s Waihi office and library, and also on our website. Wednesday 27 March is when 10,000 plus head for Waihi for a fun time, be part of the day and add to the mix of what’s for sale.

HERE’S A THOUGHT: The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.