Waihi's history with goldmining dates back to the nineteenth century - but some Waihi home owners say they don't care that the mine was there first, they are sick of the noise and vibrations associated with living near the mine and want some compensation to move on.
They say when they bought their properties they were told the mine would be closing and they would soon be enjoying waterfront properties when it was filled in with a lake.
Unfortunately the mine has not closed - instead it has expanded.
The mine, owned by American corporation Newmont says it does everything it can to minimise the effects on neighbouring properties and the benefits to the community outweigh any negative points.
The homeowners feel like they were sucked in by the real estate agents and the Mine PR that led them to believe it would be closed by now.
We find some 'colourful' Waihi residents&.and a unique way to get their message across.
EXTREME MAKEOVER, MY HOUSE, MY CASTLE EDITION - BEDROOM MAKEOVER
David and Janie are hoarders with questionable taste. Their bedroom is filled with junk and their clothes are all over the floor. They have been praying for an Extreme Makeover, but apart from the bad taste, they have too much going for them. So instead, they get Extreme Makeover, My House, My Castle Edition.
Cocksy and Hamish have just three days to totally transform their tired and tatty bedroom into a chic, opulent retreat complete with ensuite.
The results are out of this world - as David says when he sees his beautiful new room: I have felt like an expectant father waiting to see it&boy or girl? Boy or girl? Instead I got The Hilton!!"
CASTLE OF THE YEAR FINALIST - HISTORIC
Because we are the show that truly understands what it is like to live in a renovation we always feature one work in progress in our Castle of the Year competition. This year it's a Northland couple in the midst of renovating a historic schoolhouse.