Hip hop movie scoops NZ film awards
Waiheke-based film Hip Hop-eration took out three major awards in the documentary category at the New Zealand Film Awards on Friday night.
The inspiring movie won best documentary, and best documentary director for Bryn Evans and best documentary cinematography for Bevan Crothers.
The story of the island’s hip hop troupe who made global headlines, the film has been screening to packed cinemas around the country and attracting universally positive reviews.
Co-producer Paula Jones says Hip Hop-eration has been “an unbelievable ride”.
Wild weather set to stay into next week
This week, and beyond, continues to look unpromising weather-wise – unless you have a wetsuit and are a surfer, windsurfer or kite boarder, in which case you’ll have some wild rides and good fun.
Strong winds buffeting the island since Sunday have taken their toll, among them a power outage on Sunday evening, and some uncomfortable ferry crossings. Surprisingly, given the direction of the wind, no major trees down were reported, said Waiheke fire and roads chief, Ron Leonard.
Afternoon of tea and convivial conversation
For a slice of relaxed rural life from a bygone age, look no further than Gulf News Thursdays at the Rocky Bay Hall.
An opportunity for locals and visitors to gather, the popular afternoon provides tea and home baking, plants, produce and crafts and above all, a sense of community connection.
Originally started by longtime residents Betty Tattersall and the late Trish Stephenson as a place to sell copies of Gulf News, it has expanded over the years to become a thriving social hub, attracting a wide range of guests and goodies.
Little blue penguins make themselves at home
Islanders shouldn’t be surprised to find little blue penguins nesting under their houses or sheds through spring and summer.
Several coastal residents have reported penguin nests in recent months, including Onetangi locals Helen Adeane and Godfrey Hall, who found that they had been hosting two fluffy penguin chicks under their garden shed.