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.
Visitors asked to dodge nesting native birds
Rare dotterels and pied stilts are nesting at Whakanewha Regional Park, so visitors are being asked to give them space.
Park ranger Jonah Kitto-Verhoef urges people to use the “dotterel diversion” track and walk along Dottie’s Lane instead of the beach where four pairs of dotterels are nesting.
“The numbers of people scaring the nesting birds creates problems as the eggs can become unviable in as little as seven minutes. When one bird watcher follows another, the dotterels can end up leaving their nests for longer periods,” he says.
‘Political father of Waiheke’ Gordon Hodson 1927 - 2014
Gordon Hodson, a man Auckland Councillor Mike Lee has called the “political father of Waiheke” died at Selwyn Hospital on Sunday, aged 87.
His significant legacy includes the establishment of the island’s waste management group, Cleanstream, the reopening of the Loop Road offering public access to Stony Batter and the preservation of Matiatia from excessive urban development.