A military vehicles display, including carrying First World War Waihi Tunnellers names and the Waihi Tunnellers emblem down into the minefield. 19 April 2014.
Operation Minefield is a free event that you’re invited to. Over Easter Weekend Waihi will have over 50 military vehicles from the Second World War descending on the town with the New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club annual meeting.
At 11.45 am on Easter Saturday April 19 2014, the vehicles will all head into the CBD in a military motorcade, travelling through Waihi and then back up the main street to the entrance to Waihi's iconic Pumphouse, on the edge of Martha Mine. At 12 midday there’ll be a fly past by a replica Second World War Mustang airplane. The event starts at 10 am.
In commemoration of the 100 year centenary of the First World War, while the vehicles are at Waihi's iconic Pumphouse, on the edge of Martha Mine, members of Waihi Heritage Vision will attach the Waihi Tunnellers emblem and the name of a First World War Tunneller to their windscreen.
Descendants of the tunnellers will climb aboard some of these military vehicles, and head into' The Minefield', travelling all the way down to the bottom of Martha Mine.
While down there some of the vehicles will be involved in an exercise driving over hills and holes that Newmont Waihi Gold, who have kindly allowed the vehicles into the mine, will create especially for this event.
At approximately 1.30 pm the military vehicles will ascend from the Martha Mine Pit and head past the Pumphouse and back down the main street of Waihi before dispersing around town with their other activities.