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Sun rises on community gift

carvers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juvenile orca puts on a show

orca

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

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

singers

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

Frankie

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

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.

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.

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.

Shellfish warning on Waiheke

Pipis

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

A little te reo with your tea

Ringawera

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

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.

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.

Works irk residents

Taking action

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

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

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

Court

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

Dead pig comes ashore

Pig

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

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

Planters

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

Artwork

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.

Musos support Kavanna Jade

Kavanna Jade

A fundraiser for ill teen Kavanna Jade will be held at the Music Box this weekend.

Vineyards open doors at harvest time

Fesitval Dancers

A nine-day harvest celebration offering more than 50 events starts this weekend on Waiheke Island.

Alarm bells at wedding

Goldie fire

The threat of an inferno did not spoil the wedding party of an Auckland couple when a fire alarm went off at the end of their celebrations in The Goldie Room.

Parents get up-to-date bully guide

People interested in learning more about bullying among children are being encouraged to attend a forum on Monday.

Call goes out for helpers

Organisers of a fundraiser for sick Waiheke teenager Kavanna Jade are calling for a little more help.

Plastic bag challenge laid down

BYOB

A movement to stop people using disposable plastic shopping bags is challenging the island to go without them for one day this Friday.

Ferry users stranded in storm

Ferry services

Waiheke island commuters were not notified of cancelled ferry services on Saturday night.

Volunteers near to target for a worthy cause

Fire truck

A group of volunteer firefighters are excited about being even closer to reaching their target of raising $10,000 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Bus service review meets opposition

The island is at risk of losing the 1A bus service along Seaview and Waiheke roads.

Kaye to hand petition to Parliament

Palm Beach

Protestors seeking to prevent a marine reserve on Waiheke Island have submitted a petition to MP Nikki Kaye.

Chopper faces cuts

Westpac chopper

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is fighting to stop its funding being slashed by more than $1 million from July this year.

Explosive nuptials

True love triumphs over fire

Fire

The threat of fire and exploding cars weren't enough to keep Waiheke couple George and Steve from saying 'I do'.

Explosion sparks rescue

burning boat

An early morning callout to a burning vessel marked the start of a full-on day for Waiheke Coastguard on Friday.

Constable moves to island life

Gabrielle Thompson

Moving from trauma to relative tranquillity is an opportunity new Waiheke police Constable Gabrielle Thomson grabbed with both hands.

Get measles protection

Megan Yates

An outbreak of measles in Auckland is prompting health officials to remind people how easy it is to catch the virus.

Many events make up Seaweek

A huge cleanup of the Waiheke coastline has started as part of Seaweek 2014.

Seaman honoured

Vivien Foster presents merchant seaman veteran Harry Rowe

It was a copy of the Waiheke Marketplace sent halfway round the world that resulted in a special presentation at the island's RSA this month.

Have fun and help charity

A fun day at Onetangi Sports Park will help a group of fire fighters reach their goal to raise $10,000 for a good cause.

Chilean students visit Waiheke

Mark Waddell and Chilean Alvaro

A raft of new experiences is awaiting sports teacher Alvaro Carril and students on a culture swap from inland Chile.

Stricken launch comes to fiery end

Burning Boat

Two people escaped with only mild smoke inhalation after their boat caught fire in the Hauraki Gulf and eventually sank.

Diamonds are a man's best friend

Burning Boat

Brent Farquhar got more than he bargained for when he bought a $100 glass of champagne.

Fun day at the beach

Beach Races

A day of action for the whole family is expected this Sunday at the Onetangi Beach Races.

Little Day flows smoothly for Friends

Lifeboat Picnic

A massive weekend of music, sport and cultural attractions on the mainland failed to daunt organisers of a fundraiser in Rocky Bay.

Haka honours UK Kiwi

Eric Tracey

Holding back the tears was a supreme act of self control for Palm Beach resident Eric Tracey when a surprise haka was performed in his honour in London.

Implants no longer barrier

Advanced technology will see women with breast implants being able to be screened for breast cancer on Waiheke Island next month.

Waft of rum draws pilots

Russell Duurloo

When Russell Duurloo started making rum he had no idea it would be such a hit with microlight enthusiasts.

EcoZip back in operation

A 10-year-old's fall from a flying fox yesterday forced the temporary closure of EcoZip Adventures.

Community to shine at parade

Rainbow Coalition

The gay community on Waiheke Island is preparing to sparkle and shine at this year's Pride Parade in Auckland.

School leaders set for new year

Hakawai Mahaki and Kate Woodward

Students at Waiheke High are in for an inspirational year under the guidance of its just-appointed prefects.

Reserve battle heats up

Andrew Barclay

Opponents of a marine reserve off Waiheke are urging the Waiheke Local Board to consult residents.

Charlotte meets new helpmate

Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman

Quadruple amputee Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman may have just met the love of her 10-year-old life.

Bays run supports therapy centre

Art Curator

Ryan Herbert is partially blind and suffers developmental delays. But there is one thing he enjoys more than anything and that is making music.

Kennedy Pt marina mooted

Architect Geoff Waters has come up with a concept for a marina at Kennedy Pt which has room for a secondary ferry passenger service.

Board accused of cash risk

WMP Pool

The new local board is refuting claims by a previous member it could risk losing $1.42m of ratepayers' money.

Preserving a positive outlook

WMP Pool

A move up north will not stop legendary jam maker Maureen Van der Lee from preserving a dollop or two of her magic.

Broadband wait on Waiheke bytes

WMP Pool

Dave Malan is on a 240-day waiting list to be reconnected to broadband after opting to disconnect.

Patient in the running

Katherine Harris

Double lung transplant patient Katherine Harris will be lining up for this year's Ports of Auckland Round the Bays .

$8800 collected for survivors

Thousands of dollars donated on the island will help survivors of a dreadful typhoon in the Philippines.

Cannabis grower has plants stolen

A cannabis home-grower from Waiheke Island called police when thieves stole a three-plant crop.

Teacher's novel UK hit

Paul Mason

A book written by an island author is being lauded as a good read for young children in the South of England.

Youth focus at marae community day

Marae

Everyone is invited to mark their diaries for Waitangi Day celebrations at Piritahi Marae.

New principal gets stuck in

New Principal

New Waiheke High principal Jude Young wants all of her students to have more opportunities in life.

Giant bromeliads capture attention

Bromeliad

A flowering queen bromeliad is a rare sight and any gardener would love to see one, Onetangi resident Lance Wilson says.

Blues' training thrills the fans

Blues Fans

Auckland Blues' players delighted fans when they trained at Waiheke Rugby Club last Wednesday.

Wedding bells on the beach

Elopement

Two love birds overcame the fuss, dramas and escalating costs associated with organising a wedding by eloping to Waiheke in a seaplane.

Eileen fitter than ever

Eileen

Octogenarian Eileen Evans believes she's in better shape now than when she was 18. And she's got the track record to prove it.

Quick reaction saves yacht

Blues Fans

A yacht has been saved from the perils of rocks at Putiki Bay, thanks to quick thinking residents.

Big turnout expected for Wharf 2 Wharf

Wharf 2 Wharf

Wharf 2 Wharf committee member Ann Brown finds out more about one participant who enjoys taking part in the annual fun run and walk.

Event 'gloriously Waiheke'

Pie Melon

Saturday evening's event could not have gone better because of the attitude, behaviour and genuine affection from everyone there.

Honour recognises Don's efforts

Red Cross

Don McKenzie has been recognised for his services to physiotherapy and the blind in the New Year honours list.

Team prepared for disasters

Red Cross

Volunteers have been quietly preparing for disaster while the island has been dealing with a busy summer.

Scout jamboree 'a great experience'

Jamboree

A trip to Fielding for the 20th Anniversary Scouts Jamboree was a great experience for local socuts.

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