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Ambassador role wows Kavanna

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

Combusting rags set house alight

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

Waiheke to get new supermarket

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

Feet first into island festival

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

Countdown till jazz festival on

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

'Visionary' founder celebrated

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

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

Call to share shopping gripes

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

Sculpture fetches $45,000

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

Inspector 'shocked' by abandoned pets

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

Hunt for mystery shooter

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

Vandals strike Waiheke sculpture exhibit

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

Bid for Waiheke council

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

Dandelion sculpture takes shape

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

Girls accosted on Waiheke

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

Tricky terrain challenges event organisers

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

Boot camp pushes teen

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

Business plan has got wings

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

'The nature of the job'

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

Island housing trust idea floated

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

Waiheke Island to get a pool?

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

Criminals' sketches returned

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

Liquor ban imposed on supermarket

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

Earth moves for Waiheke

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

Dream trip in sight

Kavanna Jade

Kavanna Jade, 15, has been granted one of the items on her bucket list by Make a Wish - to go on holiday to the Gold Coast.

Struggling to find a home

Amelia Lawley

A shortage of long-term Waiheke rentals is forcing families to look for new accommodation regularly as tourism grows.

Nine operations to fight necrosis

flesh eating bug

A fall while on holiday left Eileen Courtney-Marshall fighting to save her leg from a flesh-eating bug.

Hope for marina opposition

Marina opposition

Opponents of a 160-berth marina at Matiatia on Waiheke Island hope it can be turned down or scaled back.

Whopping weight loss improves life


Firefighters had to carry Stephen Fisher off Waiheke when he collapsed. 2 years on, he's 101kg lighter and barely recognisable.

Island valuations slow to rise


Islands in the Hauraki Gulf, including Waiheke, have some of the lowest capital valuation rises for homes.

Matiatia marina decision by Christmas?


High hopes of a decision soon on a proposed 160-berth marina on Waiheke and both sides are quietly confident.

Friends farewell boat fire victim

David Hargreaves Brady

"Creative" man who died in Waiheke Island boat fire is farewelled at memorial service.

Charred remains of boat removed


A karakia for David Hargreaves Brady set the scene on Waiheke Island as the boat he died in was removed.

Launch snag for rival ferry

Technical issues prevented a new Waiheke ferry service from launching at the weekend.

Hospice's special vintage

special magnum

A special magnum of wine is going under the hammer to raise money for the island's hospice.

New ferry in Waiheke waters


For the first time in a decade two companies will run ferries between Waiheke and Downtown Auckland.

Bones found under water tanks

leg bone

Bones found on Waiheke Island have been identified as pre-European.

A cross for a life cut short

Brendan Demchy

A series of white wooden crosses will be erected in Ostend to pay homage to residents in the armed forces who died during World War I or later on Waiheke.

'Preserving' fishing for locals


National ban commercial fishing from parts of Marlborough Sounds and Hauraki Gulf, but workers may get compensation.

Finding funds to fight marina

Matiatia protest

A night of wine, live music and a "highly unusual" art auction is happening in a bid to block Matiatia's proposed marina.

New house a 'monolith'


There's concern a new two-storey house being built in Ostend will affect the area's character.

Second spring dip on Father's Day

Spring dip

Residents are being asked to don togs to help the fight against prostate cancer.

Wanna be a Wallaby

Rui Farrant

Rui Farrant may play rugby for Waiheke's under 10 Sharks team but his long-term goal is a Wallabies jersey.

Headland artists announced


Veteran sculptors will be joined by some new faces in the 2015 Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition.

Pool on list but medium priority

Delyth and Seren

Waiheke Island's call for a swimming pool has been heard but it will not be treated as a high priority.

Ex-cop's on The Block

The Block

Former Waiheke Island police officer Damon Neal is a contestant on this year's season of The Block NZ.

Wild cats roaming island

Feral Cat

Unwanted cats dumped near Whakanewha Regional Park on Waiheke Island are threatening wildlife.

Stepping out to lose weight

Matthew Smith

A Waiheke Island man is walking more than 1500km across NZ in an effort to lose weight.

Waiheke police officer farewelled

Clint Vallendar funeral, waiheke

Friends, family and police gathered at Waiheke Island's Piritahi Marae to honour senior constable Clint Vallender.

Celebrating iconic boatie's book


Sir Bob Harvey and Andrew Fagan were among attendees at the relaunch of the book South Sea Vagabonds.

Island keen on youth board

Stella Andrews, 17, left, and Isla Treadwell,

Two teens full of ideas are involved in a project to make Waiheke more exciting for young people.

Braced for the ball

Jack Durry

Teen who injured his neck in a rugby game was airlifted to hospital but still made it to the school ball.

Fundraiser to aid Kavanna

Kavannah and mother

Organisers of a fundraiser for sick teenager Kavanna Jade hope it will allow her to continue using a brand new medicine and pay for ongoing medical costs.

Sun rises on community gift


The final dawn of Matariki heralded a significant gift from the people of the land back to the community.

Library opens with fanfare

Fiona Kralicek

The new Waiheke library is officially open for business after ceremonies attended by hundreds on Saturday.

Working to keep te reo alive

Hinemoa Elder

Hinemoa Elder grew up knowing just a handful of Maori words but is now a strong advocate for te reo Maori.

Language changed life

Maikara Ropata

When Maikara Ropata was little she only spoke English. In the 1960s, that changed.

Chess player mingles with stars


Chess enthusiast Barry Woods is off to The Dark Horse premiere after a surprise invite from a former chess student.

Conviction stands in bus shuttle incident


A Waiheke shuttle operator's bid to get his conviction for disorderly behaviour overturned has failed.

Power to the people

Lights on Onetangi

The lighting of an old pine tree at dusk will mark 60 years of mains power in Onetangi on Waiheke Island.

My, what big teeth you have

Imogen Johnston

Imogen Johnston initially wanted to be a chiropractor and never thought she'd end up looking down the mouths of horses instead.

Checkup a lifesaver

Clint Vallender

A niggling pain turned into a "hell of a shock" for otherwise-fit Constable Clint Vallender, of Waiheke.

Juvenile orca puts on a show


The sight of a leaping juvenile orca made the day of a few fortunate onlookers in Putiki Bay.

Passionate about palliative care

Catriona Foster

Catriona Foster has been a district nurse for nearly 26 years on Waiheke and plans to clock up quite a few more before she even thinks of slowing down.

No hard knocks for lucky star

Orphan becky

A dream is coming true for young Waiheke actress Jean Fraser-Hoult who plays orphan Becky in the musical Annie.

Dead pig comes ashore


There was no saving the bacon of a bush pig washed up on a Waiheke beach after last week's storm.

Powerless to fight the pong

Charity Preece

Two days without power and the 'bottom end is starting to get a bit stinky', Waiheke Island residents say.

60s pop stars come out to play


A night of non-stop 60s entertainment, humour and go-go girls will help save more lives at sea.

Woman faces charges over fire

Fire Engine

Police have charged a woman for wilfully setting fire and endangering life after a blaze broke out on Waiheke Island.

First NZ solo show for star


Former Frankie Goes to Hollywood member Paul Rutherford is marking the 30th anniversary of the band's controversial hit Relax with gigs and the writing of new solo material.

Enjoying a feed before footy

Rugby squad

The Barmy Army were nowhere to be seen on Waiheke today as England's rugby team enjoyed lunch in the sun.

Fake birds and droppings lure gannets


Fake seabirds and droppings are part of a plan to convince gannets they should start a colony on Rotoroa Island.

Neighbours gain access rights

Mark Hotchin outside court

Mark Hotchin's Waiheke Island neighbours win a High Court scrap over access rights across his family trust's property.

Long commute for island twins

Philip and Ginnene with sons Cody and Aron

Twins Cody and Aron Salisbury's trip to school from their isolated island home involves a speedboat, a taxi and a bus.

Hotchin home key to court case

Mark Hotchin outside court

Former Hanover Finance director's neighbours are blocking the sale of his Waiheke Island holiday home.

Mum to thousands plans to retire

Julie Manahi

Julie Manahi will be celebrating Mother's Day for the last time as a foster mum after more than 30 years of caring for other people's children.

Travel writers pay Waiheke a visit

George W Stone

Top international travel writers spent their final day of a four-day conference discovering Waiheke Island.

Model opportunity

'Ridiculously good looking ' and off to Milan

Finn Andricksen

School drop-out Finn Andricksen is packing his bags and heading to Milan Fashion Week.

Award for The Shed

A tight-knit team at a small Waiheke Island vineyard restaurant has come up trumps at the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards.

Hip crew to champs

hip-op crew

The world's oldest bunch of hip hoppers is still going strong with its 25 Waiheke Island members preparing for a new challenge.

Shellfish warning on Waiheke


People are being warned not to eat shellfish collected from Onetangi Beach or they might get sick.

Works irk residents

Taking action

Lack of consultation over roadworks is causing Waiheke Local Board members to see red.

Teen crashes after drinking session

Car crash

An 18-year-old man put lives at risk on Saturday after driving three times over the adult limit.

Elderly can at last rest up

Frankie Felton

A seat for elderly shoppers is due to be installed in Oneroa this week after two years of costly bureaucracy.

Jazz lineup is best ever says organiser

Solid Brew

More than 100 musicians are tuning up their instruments and vocal chords for three days of non-stop music this Easter.

A little te reo with your tea


Utter the phrase "He kawhe maku" at Ringawera Bakery and you'll save yourself 50c.

Traditional kai focus of event

Piritahi Marae is hosting a festival called Harvest Kai that focuses on sustainability.

Little Oneroa due an upgrade

Little O playground

Facilities, including the playground, at one of Waiheke Island's most popular beaches are getting a makeover

Win tickets to jazz festival

Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

Waiheke Marketplace have a whopping 28 tickets to different events at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival.

Olives ripe for picking

Susan McCarthy

Sunny weather and light showers have resulted in bumper crops and two months of intense activity for growers.

'Royal oil' part of showcase

Anne Stanimiroff

An extra virgin olive oil made on Waiheke Island in Auckland is getting some right royal exposure.

Rotary donation helps creek planting


A group of young gardeners can carry on with work to restore Tawaipariera Creek thanks to Rotary.

Concert helps Kavanna take trip

The result of six hours of non-stop fundraising entertainment is helping one special teen look forward to a trip to remember.

Diverse art on display


Two art exhibitions are on in conjunction with the Waiheke Vintage Festival which ends this Sunday.

Teen loses locks

Will Osborne

Waiheke High School teenager Will Osborne is showing his mettle by losing his locks for charity.

Island's tsunami plan a concern

Barry Woods and Margaret Mills

Residents are calling for the installation of tsunami warning sirens on Waiheke Island.

High praise for Small Sculpture Prize

Sculpture Winner

Accolades for the only award for small sculpture in New Zealand came in thick and fast when the winner was announced on Saturday.

Plastic free day a success

Waiheke Island

People's response to a day free of non-disposable plastic bags surpassed expectations and amazed organisers.

Tinnie couple lucky to be alive

Damaged tinny

Two boaties were in need of rescue after a 45ft launch hit their small boat in the Hauraki Gulf.

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