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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.

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 $6.1m project celebrated

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.

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.

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

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.

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 to Hotchin's beachfront property

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 trip for Rotoroa 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 Waiheke 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 retires

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.

Rebel with just cause

'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.

Suspected poisonous pipis at Onetangi

Pipis

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 car on bush road after drinking session

Car crash

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

Acts set for festival 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.

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.

A little te reo with your tea

Ringawera

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

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.

Rush to harvest groves

Susan McCarthy

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

Plans on display at open day

Little O playground

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

Traditional kai focus of event

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

'Royal oil' part of showcase

Anne Stanimiroff

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

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.

Trees grow on Rotary money

Planters

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

Diverse art on display

Artwork

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

Tsunami siren rebuff alarming Onetangi

Barry Woods and Margaret Mills

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