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Letters inspire songs of war

John Mackay and Pat Urlich have joined forces on a musical production about the realities of World War I based on four books of letters sent home at the time.

TWO musicians are intent on giving Waiheke Island residents a sense of what life was like during World War I with a multi-media performance that will set spines tingling.

Waiheke International Jazz Festival draws the crowds gallery

UK jazz singer TJ Johnson is one of several acts at the Grand Finale concert at Rangihoua Estate.

Sunny skies and a diverse selection of talent drew big crowds to the fifth annual Waiheke International Jazz Festival.

Waiheke Island gets jazzy

Saxophonist Nicole Johaenntgen from Switzerland and Kiwi musician Paul TT sound like they’ve been playing together for years but have only just met.

Musicians are tuning up for a weekend of non-stop entertainment on Waiheke Island this Easter.

Ambassador role wows Kavanna

ROLE MODEL: Kavanna Jade, 15, has always wanted to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation and looks forward to making a difference as its first child ambassador.

Teenager Kavanna Jade is thrilled to be New Zealand's first ever Make-A-Wish child ambassador.

Combusting rags set house alight

HOUSE BLAZE: A fire breaks out on Seaview Rd in the early hours of March 18 after oily rags combusted.

People are being warned about spontaneous combustion after a woman's lucky escape on Waiheke Island.

Waiheke to get new supermarket

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: The new Belgium St store will be 2 ½ times the size of the current Ostend Rd store.

New jobs will come with Waiheke Island's new, improved Countdown supermarket.

Feet first into island festival

HARVEST TIME: The Waiheke Vintage Festival features more than 40 events in five days.

Dancing, music and grapes underfoot marked the start of the Waiheke Vintage Festival.

Countdown till jazz festival on

SOUL SINGER: Bella Kalolo will return to the Good Friday Groove on April 3.

The Waiheke International Jazz Festival has a top lineup of acts ready to entertain.

'Visionary' founder celebrated

AGED ENTERTAINERS: Arms waving, legs flailing, the Hip Op-eration Crew shows the New Zealander of the Year audience how to hip hop with attitude.

Billie Jordan's vision started as a flash mob of senior citizens and ended up as a world renowned dance crew.

Waiheke pool among the world's best

EXTRAORDINARY VISTA: Delamore Lodge owner Roselyn Barnett Storey sits beside the pool that Andy Summers wanted her to build.

Luxury Waiheke lodge's infinity pool included in Trip Advisor's World's Extraordinary Pools list for 2015.

Call to share shopping gripes

NOW AVAILABLE: Waiheke Countdown store manager Johnathon Lingham says apples are now on the shelves after a shortage due to the late harvest.

A supermarket store manager is challenging shoppers to tell him their gripes so he can do something about them.

Sculpture fetches $45,000

SOLD: The sculpture Target recently sold for $45,000. It is currently on display at the Headland Sculpture in the Gulf exhibition.

Sculptures on display as part of a popular outdoor exhibition are selling for thousands of dollars.

Inspector 'shocked' by abandoned pets

CHRISTMAS INMATE: SPCA inspector Michell Sanders holds one of the many cats that arrived in December. Named "Santa", the now de-sexed and chipped one-year is off to a new home with an established Waiheke family.

An SPCA inspector believes more animals are abandoned on Waiheke Island than anywhere else she has worked.

Hunt for mystery shooter

DEEP WOUNDS: The injuries caused by a slug gun shooting were too severe for 14-month-old miniature Schnauzer Remy to survive.

The search is on for the mystery shooter who killed much loved family dog Remy.

Vandals strike Waiheke sculpture exhibit

Auckland-based artist Cushla Donaldson’s sculpture The Precariats, seen here before the attack, was among the vandalised.

A number of sculptures were vandalised at the opening weekend of the headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibit.

Bid for Waiheke council

CHANGE AGENT: Waiheke Local Board member John Meeuwsen believes the island has enough skilled and community minded people, as well as income, to create its own standalone district council.

One Waiheke local board member has re-introduced the subject of self-governance for Waiheke Island.

Dandelion sculpture takes shape

GIANT DANDELIONS: Husband and wife team Mario and Jane Downes pieced together the components for their intricate sculpture Stop the Clock at a barn in Owhanake, before a tricky installation on the headland walk

Giant dandelions made from recycled steel are towering over Matiatia Bay.

Girls accosted on Waiheke

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Police seek further information after arresting a man on Waiheke Island for offensive behaviour.

Tricky terrain challenges event organisers

SCENIC SPOT: Project director Rae Finlay says Regan Gentry’s Rocky Bay Store installation from the 2013 headland event will remain in situ for the new exhibition opening on January 23.

Sculpture on the Gulf is less than a month away and managing it is proving to be a mammoth task.

Boot camp pushes teen

STRONG SUPPORTER: Waiheke Youth Aid officer Patrick Knight joins Robert MacDonald, 18, in some push ups that were part of a daily exercise regime on the course.

Six-week defence forces camp bans phones and tv and inspires teen to be a navy galley chef.

Business plan has got wings

HAPPY VENTURE: Katherine Mason looks forward to providing doves for weddings and other special occasions in the New Year.

A Waiheke woman has grown her flock of doves into a budding new business venture of the romantic kind.

'The nature of the job'

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS: Food Mechanix chef Sherri Hinch will be cooking as usual at the RSA on Christmas Day so family celebrations have to go on hold – but she’s not the only one.

Being on 24-hour call means you can't plan anything on Christmas Day, including a social drink.

Island housing trust idea floated

ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE: Residents of all skills and backgrounds at Saturday’s meeting on affordable housing remain seated at tables around the RSA Club following a free pancake and bacon breakfast.

As housing affordability lessens there is concern Waiheke Island will lose young families, tradesmen and essential workers.

Waiheke Island to get a pool?

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Hopes for a pool on Waiheke stay alive with a school rebuild providing an opportunity to make the dream a reality.

Criminals' sketches returned

SURPRISE GIFTS: Waiheke police sergeant Peter Knight is in possession of two drawings created in prison by criminals George Wilder and Ronald Jorgensen.

Infamous prison escapee to be reunited with his own artwork and a drawing by a machine-gun killer.

Liquor ban imposed on supermarket

CHRISTMAS BOOZE: Countdown will not be allowed to sell alcohol from Sunday, December 7 to Friday, December 12.

Those wanting to stock up their booze for Christmas can count out Waiheke Countdown in early December.

Earth moves for Waiheke

Waiheke Island, walkers

A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was felt by some residents on Waiheke Island this morning.

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