Haka for Her Majesty moment of a lifetime
After a tough beginning, islander Ngahere Raharaha talks to Julianne Evans about turning his life around on Waiheke.
It’s September 2014 and a young Waiheke man is standing outside Buckingham Palace in London, peering through the famous gates alongside a large crowd from all over the world.
Twenty-year-old Ngahere Raharaha is travelling overseas for the first time, combining some building work with seeing the sights.
He decides that while he’s there, he wants to do something memorable, a spontaneous gesture to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth who he believes has been a “good friend to Maori ”.
He asks the palace guards if he can do a haka for Her Majesty outside the gates, right then and there.
A Tale of Two Swims
Janine Edge takes the plunge and relives two very different experiences.
It was with some trepidation that I entered into the annual swim from Rangitoto to St Heliers’ beach, which took place last month. No, my anxiety was not due to the recent sightings of sharks in Auckland Harbour, or even the 4.6 km length of the race. It was because of a hellish experience I had making a similar length swim across the Dardanelles in Turkey some four years back. The difference between the old world and the new in attitudes towards safety is well illustrated by this tale of two swims.
Festival offers feast of music for Easter
Islanders and visitors can look forward to a three-day feast of music this Easter weekend, from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 April.
The Waiheke International Jazz Festival features more than 100 musicians across four venues, starting with the popular Good Friday Groove at Rangihoua Estate and going through to Sunday’s grand finale concert, also at Rangihoua.
Featured at the Good Friday Groove this year are blues legend Midge Mardsen, singer songwriter Jamie McDell, funk act the Hipstamatics, soul singer Bella Kalolo and the Batucada Sound Machine.
Jamie Bowen to headline comedy show
Top comedian Jamie Bowen will be headlining the next Waiheke Comedy Show at Artworks Theatre on Saturday 18 April.
Bowen has been a fixture on the New Zealand comedy scene for nearly 15 years. He has performed in more than a dozen New Zealand International Comedy Festivals and appeared on popular television shows such as 7 Days, AotearoHa, WannaBen, Jono’s New Show, Big Comedy Jam and Comedy Central.