The skies are set to light up next month with Waiheke Dirt Track’s annual fireworks display, which will take place this year on Saturday 4 November. “It’s some high quality stuff,” says Dirt Track member Rob Marshall, who is organising...
While retaining inspirational jazz performances, a new focus of this year’s festival is on contemporary music, demonstrations of abstract and figurative painting involving national treasures Dick Frizzell and Richard Adams, free-form live jazz, and of course, the audience. “I wanted...
The fifth Waiheke Playwrights Festival opens on Friday 24 February. Growing in size and sophistication each year, this popular annual event will showcase the work of seven playwrights in a programme packed with variety. All the plays are ten minutes...
Every couple of years, students at Waiheke Primary School get the chance to put their creative skills into play—drama, dance and visual arts—by participating in a live performance. This year, they co-wrote a script with local children’s author Paul...

Drum and bass legend Optimus Gryme is hanging up his headphones this month with the final show of his farewell tour taking place on Waiheke on Saturday 28 October. Optimus, otherwise known as Charlie Brown, moved to Waiheke with his...
The island’s delicious Te Matuku oysters will be the star of the show at the annual Oyster Festival this Saturday. The festival, held at Rangihoua Estate from midday, will celebrate these island delicacies alongside artisan food, wine, beer and...

Pop royalty Suzanne Lynch returns to the island for a concert at Club Waiheke this Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm. She was on prime-time television in her teens as the blonde half of ‘60s band The Chicks and then went...

The 2016 Waiheke Walking Festival is well underway, and organiser Denise Whitfield says it has been great to see hundreds of happy, smiling visitors and locals out enjoying Waiheke’s stunning tracks. “We have already had some lovely feedback from festival-goers....
The anxiety and awe of creating and unveiling a carved meeting house at Piritahi Marae will soon be revealed in a documentary. Waiheke filmmaker Baraka from ember::vision has made her first feature film, Kia Piritahi, about the carving and weaving...

Discover sights unseen The programme for the annual Waiheke Walking Festival is now live, and events manager Denise Whitfield says it’s a massive one.  “The choices on offer are incredible, and I’m proud of this programme – it’s jam-packed full of...