Update February 14

Posted by GO Waihi - Brian Gentil on 14/02/2019

I have resigned from GO Waihi, so this is my last report in the Hauraki Herald. I’m signing off after several years of bringing you news about Waihi, and it’s been a pleasure. I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about some of the things we do and even taken part. Thanks for your company and here’s to small town New Zealand and the lifestyle we enjoy continuing around our neck of the woods for a long time to come. A huge thanks to the Hauraki Herald for the opportunity to let you know what’s happening in and around our piece of paradise. Here are a few things coming up around the Waihi district. (Rock N) Roll on Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop, one I always love, see you there.

My mates and I chipped in a hundy each and bought ‘Doris the Morris’ van for summer in 1979. We went everywhere the surf was, and Nambassa on the outskirts of Waihi. 40 years on and Waihi Art Centre and Museum has the Nambassa Exhibition on until April. There are posters, lots of stories and some really interesting memorabilia they’ve managed to put together to bring back even more memories. Hey, let’s get real, that’s a few decades ago, and a reminder of our youth has got to be good for you. Opening hours in Kenny St are Thursday and Friday 10 am to 3 pm and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from midday to 3 pm. Gold coin to the gallery, $5 and $3 or $15 for the museum, shouldn’t break the bank.

Happening at Waikino’s Victoria Hall next Saturday 23 February the Ceilidh Dance callers will tell you where to go, in the nicest possible way. Step by step they’ll talk beginners through the moves and you’ll pick it up pretty quickly. Tickets at the door and take your own refreshments or enjoy the iced water and nibbles being provided. Starting at 7 pm it’s just $20, which helps maintain the hall.

Waihi Scouts are getting organised for their annul Mudslide Day from 9.30 am to 3 pm on Saturday March 2, and they’d love you to be a part of it; mud, water and you, what a combination. $5 for the pleasure isn’t bad at all, and there’ll be food and refreshments for sale, you can take your own picnic or why not buy a sausage and cook it. Take on three mudslides, and the mud obstacle course is a must. Changing tents are sorted, the rope swing bridge over the stream’s a good way to wash off and any age can do it! Head south of Waihi on SH2 to behind the Gun Club, on the right just past the Waihi Beach turnoff, you’ll see the signs.

Wednesday 27 March all the five day Ultimate Pass hot rod and classic car owners, along with their passengers will roll into Waihi around 10.30 am for a fun-filled day of music, dancing, shopping, relaxing, searching the stalls, eating and enjoying liquid refreshments and generally having a good time. Three bands through town will help, so will the Best Dressed Man, Woman and kids Competitions. First with the ladies gets a voucher for $350 of possum/merino Possumdown goods from Glynis at The Art Market. And the men are well looked after with a dinner voucher for you and a good friend with Roland at Down Thyme Restaurant and Cafe. Clarks Pharmacy will give the boys and girls cool prizes of sunglasses.

ECHO, or Enjoy Connecting Hills and Oceans, is set for April 6 to 28 with a walk to suit all ‘walks of life’. Free except for travel costs (and possibly a donation to help cover costs if you like), all the walks are guided so you get the local history too. From the Coromandel, through Waihi and the Karangahake Gorge, Katikati to Matamata-Piako the walks are right on our back doorstep. Head to our website and link up with ECHO to read full walk descriptions. That’s where you register too. Some will book out early so make some decisions now and let’s get ECHO busy!

Always keen to support others doing good things, GO Waihi helps promote the Matariki, or Maori New Year, Celebrations across these months each year. Stay tuned for details and let’s mark our unique New Year in God’s Own - or is that Godzone? – in fine style. Big ups to the organisers for making these such inclusive events for the whole community, including all the schools.

At the last committee meeting there was talk of a revamp with this event, I’m looking forward to seeing what the new committee come up with. It’s been a pleasure running the annual Trolley Derby for the last 11 or so years, and it’s always been great to have all the other organisations putting on such a variety of events across October, highlighting what a neat, vibrant and busy place Waihi is. Watch this space.

HERE’S MY LAST THOUGHT: Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full and scratch where it itches.