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Happy addition to royal album

Prince Harry's walkabout in Auckland is a crowd pleaser. He is accompanied by his private secretary Edward Lane Fox.

She once snapped a photo of Princess Di. Now, 32 years later, the avid royal watcher turned her lens to Prince Harry.

Classes pack punch for poetry wall

From left: Workshop participants Kathryn Ngapo, Robyne Winton and Katherine Mason stand in front of the rapidly growing poetry wall at the library.

Workshops for potential poets are proving popular on Waiheke Island as war and peace wall attracts new talent.

Waiheke blokes captured on camera

This image of a 'Waiheke Bloke' captures photographer and music enthusiast Graham Hooper.

A new exhibition of portraits of men in their own surroundings aims to highlight their contribution to the community.

Waiheke tempts global travel agents

International tourism agents toast Waiheke Island as a visitor destination with a glass of Batch bubbles and lunch al fresco at the vineyard.

International tourism agents are set to spread the word about Waiheke after a large group visited the island this month.

Lunch with league's finest to celebrate a Kiwis win

Simon Mannering

Sir Peter Leitch, aka The Mad Butcher, is turning on a special luncheon to honour the Kiwis after their Anzac test win in Brisbane

Public invited to rare bird release

The takahe is the world's largest living rail and there are only 270 left in the world.

Critically endangered birds are being encouraged to breed at a unique wildlife reserve.

Have you had your say on the gulf?

The Waiheke Local Board area covers several other islands including Rotoroa Island, pictured.

There are just a few more days to return a questionnaire on marine reserves that could affect the future of the Hauraki Gulf - and its residents

A weekend of Waiheke art coming up

Waiheke Winter Arts Festival organiser Katie Trinkle Legge in her studio.

A Queen's Birthday weekend festival celebrating artists is promising the biggest line-up to date.

Big sale scores rewards for hall

Marie Cull, Eleanor Ashby and Gladys Webster are kept busy in the kitchen with morning teas.

Busy morning brings bargain hunters out in aid of community-owned hall.

Pink clothes omission cops rap

Waiheke police officers Pete Billett and Pat Knight are forced to wear outlandish headgear.

Two Waiheke cops are still blushing after being forced to look pretty in pink at a fundraiser.

Howls of protest over survey

Access to most Waiheke Island beaches is relaxed for all during winter but summer is more restricted.

Waiheke dog owners are straining at the leash to stop an Auckland Council proposal to change dog laws.

Manager shops for 'Pirate'

New Countdown manager Dave Collo says he is happy to help Tony the Pirate with his shopping to make up for the recent disappointments.

A disgruntled Countdown customer gets more than he expects when the manager offers to do his shopping.

Archetypal artworks find new home

Manager of the Waiheke branch of Kiwibank and New Zealand Post, Dale Griffin,  and Waiheke Community Art Gallery chairman Alex Stone stand by one of Jan Nigro's artworks depicting island life.

Waiheke Community Art Gallery representatives are celebrating the gift of two large Jan Nigro paintings.

$1 coin jams in boy's throat

Westpac rescue helicopter

A young boy was rushed to hospital after he found a $1 coin and accidentally swallowed it.

Emma Wright hits online success

Artist Emma Wright says she is excited her ebook is best seller in two categories on Amazon.

A former bulimia sufferer is celebrating the success of her first e-book after it soared to the top of its category on Amazon's best seller lists.

Full day of talks at Waiheke High School

Performance poet Selina Tusitala Marsh is one of several keynote speakers at the first TEDxWaiheke event. The event runs all day at Waiheke High School on May 16.

A full day of inspiring talks aims to share ideas and concepts that can lead to a positive change.

Fruit and nut tree project about to start

Tree guardians Graeme Johnson and Sally Lumsden tend to one of the apple trees they care for planted in Nikau St, Blackpool, during the 2014 pilot project.

People invited to muck in for project that will see 300 trees planted on public land.

Polly spurs community knit for Nepal

The booties Polly Nash made for sale at market inspired her to start her knitting project for Nepal's survivors.

Survivors of the Nepal earthquake could soon be wearing clothes specially knitted for them on Waiheke Island if Polly Nash gets her way.

People invited to have their say over marine reserves in the Waiheke Local Board area

Te Matuku Marine Reserve is the only established 'no take' area adjacent to Waiheke Island.

Colmar Brunton to collate research from Waiheke ratepayers and residents

High-flyer Paris meets netball heroes

ANZ Future Captains Paris Robson aged 10 (L) and Eva White aged 12 (R) with Maria Tutaia of the Mystics and Anna Thompson of the Tactix. 2015 ANZ Championship, Northern Mystics v Canterbury Tactix, The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 3 May 2015.

Schoolgirl netball fans get chance to meet top players in front of thousands

Boutique wedding fair this Saturday

Waiheke bride. Flowers by Virginia Thompson. Photo: Emma Hughes

The Waiheke Wedding Fair on May 2 will feature four styled zones.

Anzac dawns on Waiheke Island

Hundreds gathered at the Ostend cenotaph for the dawn ceremony on Waiheke Island.

Make-A-Wish's first child ambassador is calling for everyone to take part in I Wish I Was Day

Make A Wish's first child ambassador Kavanna Jade, 15, hopes business people and individuals will get behind her and dress up on May 8 as a character they wanted to be when they were young to raise funds for the charity that grants wishes to sick children.

Waiheke teen Kavanna Jade is on her next mission.

Volunteers pitch in for all weather landing facility

Sam Marshall, Kairle Taylor, 'Stump' Roland, Ben Whiting and Matt Lindegreen are all giving up their time to ensure the community gets a helipad for the Westpac rescue chopper as soon as possible.

Sick residents can be assured they will get a smoother ride to hospital now concrete has been laid for an all weather helipad after 18 months of delays.

Pier access none too clever for Charlotte

Pam Cleverley stands in the bay for emergency vehicles only on Pier Two where a maintenace van has parked. Auckland Transport says only ambulances can use the space and it is not available for the public to drop off disabled people.

Mother of 11-year old quadruple amputee wants to know why tourists have higher priority than sick and disabled at Auckland downtown ferry terminal.

Big turnout for Waiheke Island Anzac Day

Hundreds paid their respects at the Dawn Service which members of the Waiheke RSA said was the largest turnout ever.

Honouring our nurses

Waiheke Red Cross president Laurie Leonard will be honouring the nurses who tended sick and dying soldiers in World War I at this year's Anzac Parade.

Laurie Leonard will be marching in her uniform with pride on Anzac Day.

Lucky escape for private

Russell St Paul holds the piece of shrapnel that would have killed his father during World War I if the pay book in his pocket hadn't stopped it.

World War I private Joseph Williams must have had a guardian angel looking out for him the day a German shell exploded in the hole he'd picked to take cover.

Making her stamp on war

Medals were awarded to Eva's younger brother Ephraim that he never picked up. They are now in Colin Brooke's safe-keeping.

It's rare to find that one of your relatives is being celebrated nationally so it's no wonder Colin Brooke is grinning after discovering his great aunt Eva features on a postage stamp.

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.

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