Island tamariki under five took to the stage at Te Huruhi School on Friday with a Sing in Spring concert arranged by teacher Maikara Ropata. Kaumatua Pita Mahaki gave an opening karakia, before the hall collectively sang the waiata E...
The long-awaited ceremony held on Sunday to officially open Piritaha Marae’s whare whakairo, house of carvings, was a mix of formality and festivity. Representatives of iwi from around the region, members of parliament, Waiheke residents and visitors attended the day...
Piritahi Marae is getting ready for its “biggest day yet”, the opening of the wharenui adorned with carvings. A pre-dawn ceremony will be held on 5 June celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the marae and the opening of the...
“What’s good for Māori is good for everybody,” is the catch-cry adopted by Waiheke High School’s newly approved whānau form class. The board of trustees has given the green light to an all-ages vertical form class that will launch this...
Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud, land of many cultures.  Artist Lorna Dixon-Rikihana explores this concept and more in her latest work featured at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery’s Te Kohao O Te Ngira - The Eye Of...

People of all ages, nationalities and skin colours had gathered under the sun outside Piritahi Marae on the morning of Wednesday 6 February, waiting to be officially welcomed onto the grounds to take part in the solemn celebrations of...
Waiheke tamariki had rehearsed for weeks to put on an evening of Matariki celebrations on Wednesday last week at Te Huruhi Hall for the whole Waiheke whanau whanui. Pita Mahaki kicked things off with a karakia, before Piritahi Childcare took...
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...
This year’s Waitangi Day event at Piritahi Marae was another incredible celebration of Aotearoa’s history, Māori cultural traditions and a thoughtful expression of community engagement.  Attended by several hundred people throughout the day from all age groups, backgrounds and walks...
Five bronze waka sit with authority along Auckland’s Beach Road, a marker of the site’s Maori trading heritage and the original shoreline. Waiheke sculptor Chris Bailey has had a busy two years. While helping complete and install the carvings that...