Update January 1

Posted by GO Waihi on

I hope your New Year Resolution is still intact. I’ve made mine to have the kettle on before 10 am each day and it’s worked for years. An achievable resolution gives you positivity for the rest of the tasks you set yourself, small rungs on ladders working towards the bigger goal is the plan. And here’s to a fantastic 2019, full of all you want to do and the time and energy to make it happen. Pull out your board shorts, a few bucks, some good walking shoes, sunscreen and hat, along with a good sense of humour and some friends and we should have a great time over summer.

Today, tomorrow and Sunday Waihi Art Club is hosting their annual Summer Exhibition. Open from 9 am to 4 pm daily in the Waihi Beach Community Centre there’re artists at work there and to talk to, and they have a raffle or two with great prizes too. From acrylics to oils, landscapes to contemporary there’s a lot to take in, and you can take them home too as all art is for sale. Just a gold coin gets you in and make sure you check out their ‘Special Challenge Exhibition’ too.

The Waihi Youth Centre is open on the corner of Mueller and Kenny Streets with a mix of activities for 5 to 16-year-olds. Don’t quote me on that, get along with your children and find out about registering and book your children in. Costs are minimal and the centre’s open with indoor activities available as well.

That is a good description of Athenree Homestead, which by the way is open every Sunday between 12 pm to 3 pm. It’s just south of the Athenree Gorge along Athenree Rd, heading out to Waihi Beach. Take the opportunity to view the grounds, have a guided tour of the homestead and get your picture taken in vintage clothing, like they wore then. Not to forget the railway station cafe with a nice selection of food, including Devonshire teas. All money raised goes to the restoration of the homestead.

GO Waihi gets involved in all sorts of things that happen in and around Waihi, it’s in our blood. We like to lead sometimes and help quietly from behind the scenes with other events. The idea is lots of groups, people, clubs, organisations and the like can add to a great town and vibrant region. Here are some of the things to look forward to in 2019.

GO Waihi organises Waihi’s Warm Up Party for Beach Hop – this year on Wednesday, March 27. It’s the first day of Beach Hop and attracts well over 600 hot rods and classic cars and over 12,000 people to Waihi for a fun day. We also assist with ECHO Walking Festival, across April, with lots of interesting walks for you to get out in our backyard and enjoy. We get behind Matariki, the Maori New Year Celebrations in July and also promote Waihi across October with our annual Goldfest event which includes the popular Trolley Derby and Market Day. And we also organise the annual Waihi Christmas Parade in early December. There’s the town brochure, Waihi New Zealand’s Heart of Gold and the flags through town that welcome visitors to our mall without walls, and the region in general. Then there are the Business After 5 meetings, the website www.waihi.org.nz and our facebook page and you can see we keep busy. We’re also involved in a lot of one-off events and projects, and we’re a great starting point for any questions too. Not bad for a non-profit incorporated society that loves promoting Waihi as a great place to live, work, play and visit. Roll on 2019!

HERE’S A THOUGHT: May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions usually do.