Waiheke’s long-proposed community pool is on the horizon, with the local board announcing it will further investigate the option of building the pool between Te Huruhi Primary and Waiheke High School, which are both to undergo redevelopment. A ‘formal feasibility...
Waiheke High School students celebrated Matariki with their annual celebration which included haka and waiata competitions, ki-o-rahi games and quizzes – all rounded off with a hāngī for the 450-plus pupils. The midwinter event was held last Friday 28 June and...
Two good causes were combined last week. When the Ostend-based Playcentre group were planning activities for Playcentre Awareness Week and realised it was also Sea Week, they decided to explore the island’s beaches.   “Monday was a sea themed morning at...
Surfdale Hall looks likely to become the new venue for a Steiner primary school on the island. Waiheke Local Board decided at its meeting last Thursday to approve in principle the long-term rental of a room at Surfdale Hall for...
Countdown says it is ‘playing its part’ in dropping plastic shopping bags on Waiheke. The island could become a national test case for the abolition of plastic grocery bags this month as our Countdown supermarket responds to a five-year local...
Hundreds of parents and children filled Waiheke Primary School Hall on Tuesday to watch talent that warmed a mid-winter night. One of the youngest contestants was five-year-old Sadie Stephenson (right), whose song “Do Your Ears Hang Low” charmed the audience. The...
The new community education facility in the Artworks courtyard was officially opened last Wednesday with a blessing by Pita Mahaki and Maikara Ropata, on behalf of Piritahi Marae. Chanting a karakia which cleared the way for the former library...
School’s out Around 50 primary school staff, students and supporters gathered at the Ostend causeway on Wednesday to push for improved teaching conditions and increased government funding. Those striking on Waiheke joined around 30,000 people calling for action in public events...
Te Huruhi Primary School’s colour fun run fundraiser went down last Friday with more than 380 children running. Younger students were teamed up with those senior, as it was all about completing the course - that involved water slides...

Students of Te Huruhi Primary School were challenged to wear crazy hats last Friday as the school reminded them that hats must be worn during term four, and they took the challenge seriously. An abundance of children got creative, cutting,...