• Tony Wood – a keen angler who conceived a way to help restore declining fish stocks

The One That Got Away

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first checked in on a group of keen Hauraki Gulf ‘fishos’ it was day one of the 2017–18 fishing season. The boys were already out on the water hoping to catch the big one and rack up a trophy. Later that day there would be the obligatory bragging on social media, but there [...]

Island Time

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Waiheke Island has been my home for more than 25 years. It’s a gem of a place and one that’s only just being discovered by RV travellers. The island has abundant attractions and is definitely one to add to the bucket list. However, the main reason few RVers visit this beautiful, accessible haven is because [...]

Walk This Way

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Waiheke Walking Festival Director Denise Whitfield shakes her head. It’s just a few days since the launch of this year’s programme and more than half the walks are ‘sold’ out. Many bookings come from previous attendees; attendees, organisers and patrons, become like a family, Denise says. This year she received an email from an Australian [...]

  • Lloyd and Joan play a duet on Ignacy Paderewski’s 1897 Bechstein brought to New Zealand in 1904

A Fine Romance

October 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

L loyd and Joan Whittaker met at the local photographer’s studio when Lloyd was just 16 and his bride-to-be was 19 years old. He recalls that Joan was wearing a tartan dress and that she alone was sufficient reason for him to begin working there. They were united by a love of photography but bound [...]