Project Martha Survey Competion

Congratulations to our winners of the completed survey competition. 

A $50.00 Prezzie Card goes to: 

Raelene Beadle and Pam Edwards

Welcome the the Forum's newest member

The Forum would like to welcome our newest member Ernani de Ocampo (Nani).

Nani and his wife Naomi who was born and raised in Waihi, have lived in Waihi since 2010 and have 4 children, the oldest being at Waihi East School and the youngest due to start at the beginning of next year. For the last 4 years Nani has been the youth Pastor at the Waihi Baptist Church.  

He is passionate about seeing our rangatahi (young people) see their potential and be in the community.

Prior to this role Nani was teacher aide at Waihi College , has coached rugby, a community youth worker for Waihi Resource Centre.  For the last 7 years Nani has also been involved in the Waihi Bluelight and will continue to support the work the police do for the rangatahi in Waihi.

Even although he has only been I Waihi since 2010 this is where Nani considers home and is looking forward to working with the Waihi Community Forum using his links with the community and youth making their voices be represented moving forward.

Community Representative Vacancies

Expressions of interest are now being sought for two Community Representatives on the Waihi Community Forum.

The purpose of the Forum is to contribute towards a thriving and
sustainable community for those residents living close to OceanaGold Waihi's mining operations. There is provision for up to nine representatives: 

5 from the community

2 from Hauraki District Council 

2 from OceanaGold Waihi.

The Forum is most interested in applicants who are:

• community minded

• confident communicators

• constructive problem solvers

• Waihi residents (preference will be given to applicants from the proposed Rex and Martha areas)

You will need the flexibility and commitment to attend monthly meetings and will need to spend at least two hours a week on Forum matters.

If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please send a cover letter detailing the experience, strengths and skills you would bring to the position, a C.V (if you have one), completed application form and all contact details to: or write to WCF Coordinator, PO Box 54,
Katikati 3129

Community Cherry Tree Planting Day


A BIG thank you to Keep Waihi Beautiful and everyone who came to help plant the Awanui cherry trees in Mataura Road. 

We had 18 residents turn up on the day and it took 2 hours to do the planting. What an awesome community effort. Here are some photos of the day.

Street Front Home Improvement Competition

Waihi East looking better than ever after Streets Ahead Home Improvement Grants. 

“We'd like to thank everyone who applied for the grant, "says Belinda Burke, WCF Chairperson. "We’re very happy with the number of applications we received, and have enjoyed driving around the area and looking at all the great work that has been done.” 

The Forum ran a competition for the best or most creative use of the grant, and is pleased to announce that Allison Leonard has won a $1000.00 Mitre 10 voucher prize for further home improvements. The Forum could see that Allison really immersed herself in the challenge, doing much of the work herself. Being both creative and resourceful, she used the $300 to give her front fences a good tidy-up and to replace parts of her deck; reusing the old timber as borders for her garden beds (see pictures below). She also had a bit of fun with her garage, purchasing an old window on a local Buy/Sell/Swap page for $20 which she then sanded, painted and added to her garage wall, placing it over a picture of an island view: “I found heaps of inspiration on Pintrest, there are so many great ideas on there on how to do and make things for your garden really cheaply” she said. “someone on Pintrest had used old fence palings as artworks in their garden and I thought that was a great idea and did the same here.” She plans on using her prize to continue working on her garden and garage.

Chairperson Bindy Burke hands Allison Leonard the $1000 Mitre 10 voucher


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