On Wednesday 4th September the arrival of Thomas and Walala Tjapaltjarri (brothers from the Pintupi Nine) along with support team, Lawrence Renata and Bryce Lillico quietly entered New Zealand. This was the start of their trip to Paeroa and an... Continue reading »
The Waihi Skate Bowl at Rocket Park is gone now but the memories remain.
The very first skate bowl in New Zealand came from an idea Waihi local and Lions member Des Spiers brought back from a trip to Hawaii in 1975.
While it may have not been enough... Continue reading »
‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re... Continue reading »
An exciting aboriginal art exhibition starts in Paeroa this weekend.
Paeroa Society of Arts was approached by Erritja Art Gallery, Moonta South Australia, to bring two artists of the Pintupi Nine to New Zealand for an exhibition of theirs and works... Continue reading »
The weather today hasn’t deterred the demolition of the classic old skool skate bowl at Waihi’s Victoria Park (known locally as Rocket Park) on Seddon Street.
Waihi Ward Chair, Max McLean says an upgrade has been planned for about four years, with... Continue reading »
The work to reinstate the memorial stone cairn back to Cooks Beach has begun and will take 2-3 weeks to complete. Earthworks and site establishment is underway this week, which will then allow the cairn to be brought back and placed on site.
The... Continue reading »
ARTwaikino, the popular annual art exhibition is on again at the Victoria Hall on SH2 in Waikino this Labour Weekend.
There's always new exciting artwork to admire or purchase at ARTwaikino. It's the place to buy good original art to suit... Continue reading »
The Provincial Growth Fund is boosting tourism in Paeroa by providing over $700,000 for the Historical Maritime Park Marine development project, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.
The funding will be used for stage one... Continue reading »
Brian Gentil welcomed Nola Boldy into the Gold FM studio to talk about ArtWaikino #19 and her role as convenor of ArtWaikino.
The categories remain the same this year and the prize money for the Supreme Award has been increased to $750, thanks to... Continue reading »
The annual Art Waikino exhibition and art competition will be filling the historic Victoria Hall this Labour Weekend from Saturday through to Monday. Entry Form
Local and not so local artists are invited to enter their work into the painting,... Continue reading »
If you are part of an organisation that provides a community service, activity or event that is not-for-profit, you could be eligible for one of the Thames Coromandel District Community Board grants.Applications close Wednesday 31 July at 4pm.... Continue reading »
International Nelson Mandela Day 2019 underlines 101 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela - Madiba (18 July 1918). It is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.”The first... Continue reading »
Seven years ago today - July 17, 2012, Waihi woke to news that kept the town on tenterhooks for several hours.
A truck in the Trio underground mine caught fire causing several miners to shelter in underground refuge chambers until mines rescue staff... Continue reading »
You'll be showing your age if you remember this TV commercial from back in the day.
Pounds, shillings and pence became dollars and cents fifty two years ago, when New Zealand switched to decimal currency.The Decimal Currency Act 1964 came into... Continue reading »
Get inside the fence and discover modern gold mining up close and on a grand scale these school holidays.
Learn how today’s miners get the gold out of the rock and into gold bars.
Book a gold mine tour and get FREE ENTRY to the Gold Discovery... Continue reading »
The Waihi community suffered a tragic loss 19 years ago today.
Douglas Takerata Pourau, 44, of Waihi died when his 90-tonne truck plunged 45m down the wall of the Martha goldmine at 1.30pm on Monday, 26 June, 2000 (19 years ago today). He was... Continue reading »
Mid winter is nigh and Matariki is on the rise to usher in a new year for Aotearoa.
Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters which rises in mid-winter, the traditional Maori New... Continue reading »
Whakaari – White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano has been living up to its description with a swarm of earthquakes detected since late last week. The quakes began last Thursday and steadily increased intensity within 24 hours.
The swarm... Continue reading »
Brian Gentil spoke to Colleen Low to get an update about the Waihi Beach Art & Craft Fair.
After coming up with the idea of running a craft fair 15 years ago Colleen and her friend Trish have been kept really busy dotting the i's and... Continue reading »
Bob Paton has come out of retirement from teaching music at Waihi College to take on the role of Director for Waihi Drama Society’s latest production Bugsy Malone. He’s been involved in this play three times before through the years making him the... Continue reading »