Waiheke Business 2014

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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 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


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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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.

Suspected poisonous pipis at Onetangi


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

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.

Works irk residents

Taking action

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

A little te reo with your tea


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

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

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.

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


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

Diverse art on display


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.

Hair hair to willpower of teenager

Will Osborne

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

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.

Musos support Kavanna Jade

Kavanna Jade

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

Cheers! Festival begins

Fesitval Dancers

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

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.

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.

Bring your own bag on Plastic-Free Friday


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

Call goes out for helpers

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