Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Waiheke is set to enjoy a new species of butterfly thanks to one woman’s crusade against a deadly and debilitating illness. Sure, those butterflies will adorn the backs of Fullers’ buses and the lapels of their drivers rather than flitting...
If you ask any surfer on the island about the local surf they’ll say it’s pretty rare. But recent weather has brought in some decent sets of about one and a half to two metre high waves. Someone who got out...
“It’s a great feeling being the underdog and then taking home a score younger crews would be proud of,” 96-year-old dancer Kara Nelson (aka Kara Bang Bang) said after last weekend’s Auckland Regional Hip Hop Championships. The Waiheke Hip Op-eration...
The demanding 20km Westpac Chopper Swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland’s Mechanics Bay took place on Monday 18 March and was the most successful to date.  Swim founder and organiser Olaf Adam prefers participants fundraise for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter...

The St John ambulance team on Waiheke is one of the busiest in the Auckland region, and over the summer months the crew face many unique challenges, as Sophie Boladeras discovers. Traversing Waiheke’s rugged terrain to attend one of the...
For the week ending 14 October, there were a total of 20 accident and medical related callouts on the island.  Ambulance personnel attended two people at the scene of an incident; five were transported to the on-call doctor, two were...
Having set a New Zealand race walking record in Athletics last year, Alana Barber is about to compete in the Rio Olympic Games. Since her family bought a house on Waiheke a few years ago, the island is Ms Barber’s...
When it comes to physical exertion, youth is generally held to be an advantage. But a scan of this year’s Waiheke Wharf2Wharf category winners suggests grey (or in some cases very little) hair doesn’t always mean trailing in the...
Waiheke Community Pool Society is exploring the possibility of setting up a temporary “pop up pool” on the island. Pool society chairperson Delyth Morgan-Coghlan does not want to reveal too much about the plans because the society has not yet...
Emergency meetings have taken place between the local board, Auckland Council and Waiheke’s under-pressure water supply industry to discuss dealing with the ongoing water shortage. With supply struggling to match demand — and some companies now fully booked until mid...