The box arrives with a familiar clink and a thump every year in the days before Christmas: three red, three white, always from the island and always accompanied by a short handwritten note dictated down the phone to Christine...

The stump fairly thrummed as we placed our hands on its bark-stripped surface. It stands about four metres high in a patch of bush not far from where we live, stark and white against the lush green canopy, surrounded by...
A rather marvellous elephant has moved in next door. He arrived Friday and has spent his first weekend staring serenely at the puzzled looks of drivers as they navigate the junction just by Wisca. It would be fair to say he’s...
In medialand, tis the season of lists and headlines starting with “Tis the season”. Among those lists are the obligatory “word of the year” rewritten press releases from purveyors of dictionaries and further education. 2019, for example, already has...
It’s hard not to feel, as Waiheke comes to seething point with overweening city ambitions to rewrite everything from our city doorstep and bus timetables to our planning rules – preferably behind closed doors – that the city hegemony...
Would have been around 9.45pm Monday, when out of the darkness at the front of the section there came a muffled yelp and a flickering torchlight. I’m not overly proud of the flower bed in the middle of the meadow...

In 1885 landscape painter Alfred Sharpe won a gold medal for his watercolour A Golden Eve, Waiheke Island at the New Zealand Art Students’ Association. The then president of the association, Mr Kennett Watkins, called it “a dream soft...

The easiest way from my old house at the top of Great Barrier Road down to Enclosure Bay if I fancied a fish or a high-tide dip was a straight line. Sure, it meant cutting through a few neighbours’...

You can get a pretty good up-close view of some of the world’s most magnificent cruise ships courtesy of Fullers ferries. Two weeks running now, as I’ve headed into the city on early morning commutes, we’ve had cause to either...
There were a few elephants in the room when Waiheke’s new local board members were sworn in at a ceremony at the Ostend War Memorial Hall to open a term when Waiheke, even more than the rest of democracy-starved...
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