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Artwork finds way back to criminal artist

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

Liquor ban imposed on Waiheke Countdown

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

Small earthquake felt on Waiheke Island

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.

Long road to recovery for flesh-eating bug victim

flesh eating bug

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

Rental shortage hits island families hard

Amelia Lawley

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

Waiheke Island marina opposers hopeful

Marina opposition

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

Waiheke Island's new weight loss mystery man

Stephen

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

waiheke

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

Matiatia marina decision by Christmas?

Matiatia

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

Countess

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

Launch snag for rival Waiheke ferry service

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 service for Waiheke Island

Ferry

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.

Zones 'preserved' for recreational fishers

Fish

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'

HOuse

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.

Rugby dream comes true for Rui

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

Sculpture

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 Island police officer farewelled

Clint Vallendar funeral, waiheke

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

75th anniversary of sailing book celebrated

Ngataki

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.

Teen injured in rugby tackle, but makes it to school 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.

Library opens with fanfare $6.1m project celebrated

Fiona Kralicek

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

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.

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.

Learning Maori a life changer

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.

Appeal dismissed, conviction stands in bus shuttle incident

Court

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.

Checkup a lifesaver

Clint Vallender

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

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.

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.

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

Pig

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

Power cuts affect isolated Waiheke residents

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.

English rugby team enjoy meal on Waiheke Island

Rugby squad

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