Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Rainbow’s End Rainbow Is Home in Waihi’s Heart of Gold

Rainbow’s End Rainbow Is Home in Waihi’s Heart of Gold

The iconic Rainbow from Rainbow’s End has a new home, and now the brightly coloured landmark is ready to welcome people to Waihi and possibly make the dreams they dare to dream come true!


From ‘a small project’ to a fantastic photo opportunity and eye catcher in Waihi, it’s been an interesting 18 months since GO Waihi said ‘yes, of course we’d like to take it on’.

Rainbow’s End was looking for a new home for their iconic entrance way rainbow and looked at several towns, including Waihi, ‘New Zealand’s Heart of Gold’. They contacted Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga who got in touch with GO Waihi Coordinator Brian Gentil and the rest as they say is history. Victoria Park, or Rocket Park as locals know it, is the new home for this bright, attention-grabbing structure.

“From a supposed flat sign about 2 metres by 3 metres it turned out to be a little bit bigger; and heavier”, Mr Gentil said. “One and a half metres wide, three metres high, seven metres long and one point three tonnes, there was a bit of extra work involved”.

With just a small budget GO Waihi asked the business community for their help. ‘Not a problem, leave it with me, we’d be happy to, of course we will, I’d love to be involved, we’ll take care of that, consider it done’, was the response, and here we are, in the final stages of completing what’s really been an amazing combined effort.

First there was a structural engineer’s report to get signed off. Then Warren and the team at Carters Contractors stored it, moved it and dug the base for the foundations before craning it on to its plinths, which makes it about five metres high now.

Brownmore Construction and Firths came to the party with the foundations, concrete and workers, while Duncan Cook and Sel Baker did what builders do best and put all the framework together as we raised it on to plinths. Alitech provided all the metal strips for the joins, Mark Spiers Roofing Ltd sorted the rubber and waterproofed it and Warren and the crew at Mitre 10 Waihi came to the party with loads of wood, ply and hardware.

Resene happily supplied the paint and Charlie Skarratt, their Trade Sales Representative organised Dave Dudek and team from Waihi Beach Home Decorators to give the rainbow a fresh coat and a new sparkle.

Hauraki District Council provided safety fencing and the important advice on safety and Waihi Scaffolding Hire framed it up for the workers to do their job.

“Without everyone’s ‘will do’ attitude we just wouldn’t have been able to achieve this,” Mr Gentil said. “It really has been amazing the enthusiastic response I got from everybody. They didn’t hesitate, and I’m so grateful of their support.”

Rainbow’s End Marketing Manager Katharine Murray has been following the move with interest, knowing that after its original job of welcoming families to a fun environment at Rainbow’s End in Auckland for over 30 years, it was important to find a new home where it would continue to bring smiles to people’s faces and brighten their day.

The response from locals and visitors to the new addition to the park along the entranceway to Waihi has been extremely positive, with children and adults already taking the opportunity to stop and take photos.

A community get together on Saturday [Update: due to weather this was postponed until Saturday 4 November 25 November] from 11 am to 1 pm is an opportunity for Waihi and visitors to welcome the Rainbow, meet those who’ve helped get the job done and enjoy a fun time with a free sausage sizzle with GO Waihi, some rock hunting for family passes to Rainbow’s End, Goldfields Railway, Spikes Bricks and Models and the Gold Discovery Centre. Resene has got lots of goody bags and giveaways for kids too.

GO Waihi’s Shot of Gold Promotion is still on until the end of October. Simply take a photo of yourself, your family and friends featuring Waihi’s new rainbow, then email it to info@waihi.org.nz (one per email) with your name and contact details and you’ll go in the draw to win some more of these great prizes.
- Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Local Responses To The Global Problems Of Inflation


In the United Kingdom, inflation is running at its highest rate in 30 years. In the US, inflation hit 7% during 2021. You wouldn’t want to be in Estonia, where inflation has just hit 12%. Across the Eurozone – the measurement methods vary – inflation is averaging out at 5%. In Canada, inflation is running at its highest level in 30 years. Inflation is not simply a problem afflicting developed countries. In a developing country like Brazil inflation is running at its highest level in seven years...
More>>



 
 

Government: Building And Shaping A City: Future-proofing Auckland Transport Infrastructure
The Government is bringing Auckland’s transport infrastructure into the future by moving forward with an additional Waitematā Harbour crossing, progressing light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport, and creating a linked-up rapid transport network as part of a 30-year plan... More>>

The Treasury: Financial Statements Of The Government Of NZ For The 5 Months Ended 30 November 2021
Interim Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 5 months ended 30 November 2021... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>



Ministry Of Transport: Have Your Say On The Future Of Road User Charges
Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport is inviting New Zealanders to submit their views on improving the Road User Charges system, says Secretary for Transport, Peter Mersi... More>>


TradeMe: New Zealand Rents Climb $40 Per Week In One Year

New Zealand’s national median rent climbed $40 a week in 2021 to reach $560 in December, according to Trade Me’s latest Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national median weekly rent showed an 8 per cent annual increase... More>>


Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels