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O still for 'osome'

David Tua with his sparkling re-pimped mini.

It's offical - awesome is still spelled 'osome' according to former heavyweight boxer David Tua.

Arts diary

Mount Robertson in November

Looking to expand your cultural horizons in Marlborough this week?

Islanders report wasp surge

Fiona Gregory is among a number of residents who have noticed a surge in the amount of paper wasps on Waiheke this year.

Waiheke residents are saying they've never seen so many paper wasps as this year.

Island's fuel tax reprieve

Great Barrier Island residents currently pay $3.11 per litre for 91 unleaded.

One of New Zealand's most expensive places for fuel could be thrown a lifeline.

Sick after polluted swims

SafeSwim's forecast model ranks beaches in three colours: green/low risk; amber/fair; red/high risk.

Auckland Council's new service advised beaches were polluted, but some still went in for a dip that would make them horribly sick.

Progress on Waiheke pool

Balazs Csizmadia is one of many Waiheke Island children who love to swim, but don't have a pool.

New plans have surfaced after a 20-year wait for a new community swimming pool on Waiheke Island.

Great Barrier phone nightmare

Phone lines on Great Barrier Island went down for as long as four weeks this summer.

Great Barrier Island is calling for action after some residents lost phone services for four weeks.

MP's pledge over tax

Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says residents on Waiheke and Great Barrier already pay more than other New Zealanders ...

Auckland Central MP says Waiheke and Gt Barrier should not be included in regional fuel tax plan.

Keeping his fingers crossed

Jesse Ball says he could lose everything if floods hit the businesses again.

A company owner is still waiting for council to fix drainage issues that closed his businesses a year ago.

Waiheke counts storm damage

Kuaka Rd in Oneroa has been closed after a power pole began to lean dangerously during the storm.

A tree fell on a car, roads have been closed and power is off for many people on Waiheke Island.

Waiheke property market steady

Pakatoa Island is one of the most expensive properties on the market in the Hauraki Gulf - with a price tag of about $40 ...

Waiheke Island house prices have stopped rocketing upwards, with only a small rise in prices in the past year.

Inglorious vege soup disco

An Inglorious Vegetable Soup Disco will be held at the Old Blackpool School Hall on April 14.

Waiheke Island's Inglorious Vegetable Soup Discos attract participants as diverse as the ingredients in the pot.

Environmentalists fight rates plan

QEII National Trust chief executive Mike Jebson says the council's plans to charge rates on protected land are "wrong".

Many oppose plans to charge rates on private land protected for conservation,

Stretch, sip - it's beer yoga

Niamh O'Keeffe is teaching beer yoga on Waiheke Island.

Beer is relaxing, yoga is relaxing, so beer yoga is a match made in heaven, says Niamh O'Keeffe.

Love draws penguin back

Little blue penguins Tickle and Roimata have reunited and will be released together.

A rescued penguin that reluctantly chose freedom over love is back with his mate on Waiheke Island.

Woofing up the bargains

Fashion designer Petrena Miller with her painting, "Extravagant Blooms".

Around 1000 people hunted for designer treasures on Auckland's Waiheke Island at Easter.

Waiheke Library in flight mode

Dart flying fun at Waiheke Library for Aria and Jemila Vanderput and Sienna Fitzgerald.

The wonders of flight will be explored in activities at Waiheke Library in the April school holidays.

Classical concert on Waiheke

Cindy Tsao and Joo Yeon Lee will play on Waiheke Island on April 22.

Pianist Cindy Tsao and violinist Joo Yeon Lee will join forces in a concert on Waiheke Island on April 22.

Parking reclaimed for public

Daniel Silva says Auckland Transport is "incompetent" to handle parking at Matiatia on Waiheke island.

Auckland Transport has finally discovered a private company is occupying space needed for public parking on Waiheke Island.

Tackling dementia through dance

Founder of Hip Op-eration Billie Jordan said dementia is not a deal breaker.

Founder of the world's oldest dance crew Hip Op-eration Billie Jordan is breaking the stigma of dementia through dance.

Fabric sculpture comes top

Small Sculpture Prize winner Motoko Watanabe's "Untitled" work is made from used fabric.

Motoko Watanabe has wowed the selector of the national Small Sculpture Prize with a 'mysterious' work.

Crayfish catch limits halved

Rock lobster catches are being reduced in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty.

Rock lobster catch limits have been halved in the Hauraki Gulf, Bay of Plenty and Otago.

Hauraki Gulf on stoat alert

Introduced stoats are voracious predators responsible for decimating native bird populations (file photo).

Weeks after a ravenous stoat was caught, another could be loose on an Auckland island.

Seawall up for debate

People will be able to state their views on plans for a seawall intended to stop erosion at Picnic Bay.

Plans for a seawall at a Waiheke Island bay have been thrown open for public input.

Boaties forced to move

Marty Shirley plans to move the yacht he lives in at Putiki Bay before the council takes action.

A council blitz on illegally moored boats in a Waiheke Island bay is drawing mixed reactions.

Landowner shuts beach access

Signs warn people the public walkway to Hooks Beach is closing.

A neighbour is threatening to close a walkway to a popular Waiheke Island beach after a council botch up.

Swim boosts rescue chopper

Swimmers and support boats set off from Matiatia on Waiheke Island for the charity swim.

A 20 kilometre charity swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland has raised $115,000.

Road works draw flak

Tony King-Turner is frustrated Auckland Transport is pushing ahead with unpopular plans for Putiki Road.

Auckland Transport decisions on Waiheke Island are under fire.

Paradise - except for racism

South Americans are valued for their contribution to Waiheke United AFC soccer games, but Argentinians say racism is ...

A "racist" online rant on Waiheke Whinge has sparked a complaint to the Human Rights Commission

Breakaway bid learnings

Unsealed Rodney roads may get more attention with the Local Government Commission recommending Auckland Council address ...

The commission recommends better communication, transparency and funding from Auckland Council.

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