It was a busy week in the world of Waiheke arts. A new gallery has opened in Surfdale and the Members Show at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery took place with many Waiheke artists represented.  Ostend Gallery in Surfdale features...
Waiheke High School music stars Lily Atu and Jono Benzur have won Auckland’s solo-duo heat of Smokefreerockquest. The pair performed under the name Friends of the Street, a nod to the volunteer service to get young people home safe at...
Last Thursday saw a record crowd fill Found Café for the monthly Song & Poetry Thing. Run by, artist and musician Katy Soljak and food writer and poet Julie Biuso, the open mic night is held the last Thursday...
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...