Mad Butcher barbecue wraps up event
The 2014 Waiheke Walking Festival ended in glorious sunshine on Sunday with a barbecue at Old Blackpool School, hosted and cooked by the sausage expert himself, Sir Peter Leitch, aka the Mad Butcher.
The nine-day event hosted 46 free walks with 2000 registered walkers and 50 volunteers.
The barbecue for festival volunteers and supporters followed the final walk led by Sir Graham Henry, which took 56 walkers around the stunning Park Point headland including stops at Church,
Making a stand against school bullying
School years are supposed to be among the happiest in our lives, but for many children and young adults this is often far from the truth.
Bullying can sometimes blight a student’s entire school life and in more recent times, public awareness about the issue has encouraged those affected to speak out and get support.
Gaining inspiration from the American anti-bullying programme, The Bully Project (based on the sobering documentary Bully), local anti-bullying campaigner Wendy Richards established The Bully Project Waiheke in October last year as a result of ongoing bullying concerns in the island’s schools.
Random acts of kindness
Waiheke High School students suffering end of year exam anxiety were struck by random acts of kindness last week.
“I personally have a lot of anxiety about exams and feel like I have to do perfectly. It’s a horrible feeling and I don’t want people feeling like that.
“I wanted to let people know all that matters is that they do their best,” says Isla.
The pair taped the posters on power poles and around the school to perk up their stressed school mates the night before exams started, on 10 November.
Isla is deputy chairperson of Waiheke Youth Board, a group of young people who work on youth issues under Waiheke Local Board guidance.
Men on bikes help prevent violence against women
Men with motorbikes are being called to ride to help stop violence against women.
Waiheke Sergeant Peter Knight and Wiremu Te Taniwha from Living Without Violence are organising the ride from Charlie Farley’s bar and restaurant in Onetangi at 9.30am on Saturday 29 November.
Sgt Knight will ride his Harley Davidson as the men tour the island before arriving at the Ostend Market at around 10.30am for a White Ribbon day flag raising and speeches.