After last year’s 11th-hour cancellation due to Covid, Waiheke Jazz Festival 2021 returned with a bang over the Easter weekend with sell-out shows around the island. With sanitisers at the ready, venues were packed full of gleeful audiences coming together...
At the opening of 2017’s Matariki exhibition, Waiheke Community Art Gallery’s Māori name ‘Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke’ was dedicated and a mauri stone, embodying the life force of the gallery, unveiled. The idea for the stone, said sculptor...
A lengthy 150-metre work of art depicting the Hauraki Gulf’s marine scape has taken up residence at the heart of the Viaduct Harbour. Auckland-born Napier artist, Cinzah Merkens spent six weeks on the eight-metre high mural and used more than...
After a tough 2020, a free event for children has been designed to kick off 2021 in style – and organisers have put out a plea to help it swing into action. Kids Day Out is a non-ticketed event for...

Two women are celebrating 20 live theatre performances with a two-women play that marks nearly a decade of collaboration. Waiheke Theatre Company founders Linda Savage and Lucinda Peterken will be stepping on stage this month as the characters Frances...
Former Shortland Street star Amelia Reid is joining the team at Waiheke’s Artworks Theatre, showing off her directorial skills in its new production, Waiting. Amelia, who had a long-running role as the soap’s receptionist Bella Durville, recently relocated to Waiheke with...
The annual Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award, won last year by Waiheke artist Struan Hamilton, is rapidly approaching and 36 finalists have now been chosen by author, artist and curator Richard Wolfe, who will also judge for this...
The strenuous efforts to keep Artworks bustling through these tumultuous, Covid-restricted times has borne fruit with the confirmation of some of the best and brightest musical talent the country has to offer over the next few weeks. The chance for...
Homegrown comedic soap opera, Rocky Baywatch, was due to start a season of shows at Artworks theatre this week. Undeterred by the derailing effects of the current global pandemic, Waiheke Comedy has set a new start date for the...
Artworks Theatre is calling for young people keen to express their Covid-19 lockdown experiences to take part in a film festival. Theatre co-director Kashmir Postel says the idea around the festival is to give young people a project they can...