‘Wharf 2 Wharf’ more than a race
“A splendid day!” is one version of the Wharf 2 Wharf Run held on Saturday 17 January.
“Bloody hot!” was the view of a runner in the feature race, from Orapiu Wharf to Matiatia. He suggested the organisers look at starting closer to the cool of dawn, as is common in most half-marathons. This year the long run of the Wharf 2 Wharf started at 8.15am, and it was already pretty warm by then.
Times were generally slower in the main race this year, with most locals from the Waiheke Harriers running club taking 20 minutes to half an hour longer along the course – which is regarded as one of the toughest middle-distance road races in New Zealand. Even so, the 25 kilometer race-winner posted a quicker time than in recent years.
The work’s done: time for the sculptures to shine
headland Sculpture on the Gulf starts tonight, with a gala opening event at the headland pavilion at Matiatia. 31 works have been installed along the walkway – and all these selected pieces will all be considered for the Lexus Premier Award award, of $30,000 cash. The judge for the show, who works independently of the selectors, is this year Derrick Cherrie, Associate Professor at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
The 2013 winner of this was Gregor Kregar’s Pavilion Structure, a work that achieved the rare double of also capturing the Fullers People’s Choice award. Kregar is an invited artist this time around, and so his contribution is outside the competition for the premier award. In 2011, the premier award went to Waiheke Island artist Denis O’Connor, who is a selected exhibitor on the walkway again this year.
Bright light, many colours
Veteran performer, unique talent, national treasure; Warwick Stanley Broadhead died peacefully at his home in Crescent Road West on Waiheke last Thursday, aged 70. His packed funeral was held at St Matthew’s in the City in Auckland on Tuesday. Alex Stone looks back on his extraordinary life.
Warwick Broadhead famously married his Grey Lynn Villa. Then, a little more surreptitiously, at a friends-only ceremony, they divorced when he moved to Waiheke. Here he lived a more simple life, following Buddhist principles, in a house of little clutter in Crescent Road West.
He was preparing the second of a series of performances, entitled Monkey, when he was found asleep forever at his home on Thursday 8 January. Artist Paul Rhind was the one who found him. Paul had been popping around regularly to help Warwick with building sets for Monkey, an epic Buddhist fable. Warwick was reading a book In the Company of Angels when he died, apparently suddenly of a heart attack.
Regatta proves a winner once more
“It was hot, it was packed and everyone had a blast,” says first-time Rocky Bay Regatta attendee Sarah Stretton.
An estimated 500 people took advantage of the stunning, sweltering weather to frolic in the sea, sculpt the perfect sandcastle and challenge their friends and family in the day’s many races on Friday.