What’s on

Thursday 21 March

Tango class at Morra Hall: Every Thursday at 7pm. No booking required, beginners and all levels welcome. $20 per class.

Friday 22 March

Waiheke Community Art Gallery / Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke: Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf 2024 Group Show features two and three-dimensional works from the artists in this year’s event, alongside new exhibitions Ngā Wai Tohu and The Reckoning. Open every day from 10am to 4pm at 2 Korora Road in Oneroa. All three exhibitions run until 1 April.

Dollface at Club Waiheke: Popular Americana duo Dollface features songwriters Katy Soljak and George Gardner playing their originals and favourite cover tunes, 6pm to 8.30pm at Club Waiheke, Waiheke Bowling Club.

Visible Mending Workshop: 10am to 12pm, Red Cross Op Shop in Oneroa. Visit ecofest.org.nz to find out more.

Hands-on composting workshop: Every Friday until 12 April at Ostend Community Garden, 30 Pūtiki Road, Waiheke. Bring fresh food scraps from your whare if you can’t compost at home. Weather dependent.

Kai Conscious Café: Delicious kai made from rescued ingredients every Friday from 11am to 1pm. Community lunch from 1pm. Help or koha appreciated. Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako Street, Oneroa.

Saturday 23 March

Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf: Explore a two kilometre exhibition on the Mātiatia Coastal Walkway, encountering sculpture by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists against glorious Hauraki Gulf vistas. Exhibition entry $20 pp. Free for children under 15. www.sotg.nz

Rip rugby tournament: Rip Rugby Tournament and family-friendly day out at Onetangi Sports Park on Saturday 23 March. Bouncy castle, food, drink and slip n’ slide. Hosted by Waiheke Rugby Club. Visit sporty.co.nz/waihekerugby to find out more.

Waiheke Fridge Crawl on a Bike: Join Cycle Action Waiheke for the first Waiheke Fridge Crawl of 2024 at the Bike Hub Saturday 23 March 4.30-8.30pm. Visit ecofest.org.nz

Ecofest East End Apple Harvest Afternoon Tea: Celebrate the harvest and neighbours day on Saturday 23 March, 2.30pm to 5pm at Awaawaroa Bay Eco Village Community Building. RSVP via email to tanya@imagined-worlds.net

Jazzy Saturdays: Live jazz afternoons with Briar Ross and Ron Colman every Saturday in March from 2–4pm at Santa Fe, 8 Korora Road, Oneroa. Tickets from Eventfinda or $20 from Shop The Rock in Oneroa.

Imprint at Red Shed: An exhibition of new works from the printmakers collective runs through March at the Red Shed gallery in Palm Beach. Open weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Ostend Saturday Market: Rain or shine, with stalls both inside the Ostend War Memorial Hall and outside in the reserve from 8am to 1pm. Phone Jill on 021 068 6603.

Sunday 24 March

Harvest Fair 2024: 10am to 3pm. Fossil Bay School and Kindergarten’s annual autumn fair celebrates the bounty of the harvest with food stalls, preserves and delicacies, old fashioned games for the children including the popular jousting knights, pony rides and live music from local musicians.

Roller Disco: Get your skates on from 3pm to 5pm at Old Blackpool School. Bring your skates. DJ and prizes for best dressed. A free Neighbours Aotearoa all ages event.

Waiheke Dirt Track: The club hosts their ‘ladies only have-a-go day’ from 10am on Sunday 24 March at their O’Brien Road track.

Flavio Villani at Waiheke Musical Museum: Italian-New Zealand pianist and composer Flavio Villani returns to Waiheke for an intimate concert at 5pm Sunday 24 March, featuring Rachmaninoff and Chopin pieces. Tickets musicalmuseum.org

Casita Miro Harvest Fiesta: Celebrating the 2024 vintage with live music on the hillside, Vin Bourru and paella, midday to 5pm. Free entry. Casita Miro, Brown Road, Onetangi.

Yurt Party at Artworks: A 6-piece all instrumental band playing ‘street party’ music and Balkan-Latin-Dub beats at Artworks from 6pm in a one-of-a-kind musical feast. Tickets $25 from artworkstheatre.org.nz.

Kintsugi workshop with Yoko Shimoyama: Two sessions available making beautiful ceramic repairs at Waiheke Community Resource Recovery Park on Sunday 24 March: $90. Register via email to denisa.kolo@islandwastecollective.co.nz

Onetangi Community Hall: Join Onetangi Residents Association (ORA) in mingling with neighbours over some delicious kai, 4pm till 6pm. This is a Neighbours Aoteaora event funded by the Waiheke Local Board. For more information https://wrt.org.nz/neighbours/

Monday 25 March

Viking Cruises morning tea: A free presentation with Viking Cruises at Waiheke Island Resort from 11am. Pre-registration required. Contact Jeryl on 09 372 9606 or email jerylb@youtravelwaiheke.co.nz

Scottish Country Dancing: Upstairs at the Red Cross Hall every Monday at midday. Beginners welcome. First two sessions free, usually $3 a time. Wear soft-soled shoes. Contact shirleybutler@xtra.co.nz

Tuesday 26 March

Last Laughs: Waiheke’s monthly improv show from 7.30pm at Artworks on Tuesday 26 March. Tickets from artworkstheatre.org.nz

Welcome to Waiheke Potluck: For new residents to the island, 6pm to 9pm at Waiheke Sustainability Centre. Book via Humanitix: https://events.humanitix.com/welcome-to-waiheke-potluck 

Waiheke RSA: ‘Believe It Or Not’ Quiz Nights every Tuesday at 6.30pm, $5 per head at 29 Belgium Street Ostend. All welcome.

Coming events

Bingo: Fortnightly at Surfdale Bowling Club. Starts 6.30pm on 28 March supporting Project Reach Out. $20per person for 10 bingo cards.

The Song & Poetry Thing: This month’s featured guest poet is award-winning poet Fili Fepuleai Tapu’I at 7pm on Thursday 28 March at Waiheke Resource Trust.

Easter jazz: The Waiheke Jazz Festival returns for Easter weekend, starting with the Good Friday Groove at Ahipao on 29 March. The 2024 line-up includes Greg Johnson, The Nairobi Trio, Crash Bandihoot, Miho’s Jazz Orchestra, Big Tasty and more. View the weekend lineup and book tickets online at www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz

Egg basket weaving workshop: Join @thousand_ugly_kete on 29 March at Waiheke Sustainability Centre from 10am til 2pm for harakeke weaving to make small kete, great for your Easter Egg hunt. Suitable for people with basic weaving experience. Koha and all skill levels welcome. RSVP to thousanduglykete@gmail.com.

Reach Out Waiheke preloved designer sale: Reach Out Waiheke’s annual fundraiser – supporting local whānau dealing with mental health challenges. Pre-loved designer fashion items at great prices on Saturday 30 March 2024 at the Morra Hall from 10am to 2pm. No entry fee, no age restrictions.

Comedy Hypnotist at RSA: A fun evening of comedy and hypnotism 7pm on Saturday 30 March. Bookings essential and available now from the RSA bar, Ostend. $25 per person. The restaurant will be open.

Make do and mend: Learn different mending techniques to extend the life of your garments. Visit Ecofest.org.nz for events in March and April.

Rākino Island track weeding and beach clean: Bring your weeding gear, sunblock and togs on Saturday 30 March for a 10am start, meeting at the bottom of Askew Avenue, Rākino Island.

Setting up Waihekeland: A Garden by the Sea: A free event on Sunday 31 March, 3pm to 5pm at 27 Moa Ave, Blackpool. Join other Blackpool residents to create a place where you can share and learn new skills around growing food in a small space. For more information visit https://wrt.org.nz/neighbours/

Autumn artisan market: The best of Waiheke Island artisans – painters, potters, jewellers, clothing, live music and more. 10am to 2pm on Saturday 31 March at Morra Hall in Oneroa.

Rhys Darby at Wild Estate: See one of Aotearoa’s most beloved comedy exports live on stage as he shares all his favourite material from 25 years of standup comedy at Wild Estate on Wednesday 3 April. Book your preshow dinner at Wild. Places are limited so visit wildestate.co.nz for ticket details.

Noise Isle II: A knees up with bands Body in the Forest, Deathwrap and Sun Riders on Friday 5 April from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Onetangi Hall. Koha entry, BYO.

Surfdale Neighbourhood Block Party: Saturday 6 April, 3pm to 8pm. There will be a band, games and kai. Bring a blanket and something to share. A Neighbours Aotearoa event funded by the Waiheke Local Board. For more information visit https://wrt.org.nz/neighbours/

Homemade Chilli Sauce Fest: A free event showcasing homemade chilli sauces at Wild Estate, 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 7 April. To enter, email waihekewalker@gmail.com

Waiheke Musical Museum: Community singalong: A range of songs for old and young to sing along to on 7 April, from 5-6pm. The audience is encouraged to come by bike, bus, on foot or share a car.

The Wonders of the Wetlands Walk: A free two-hour walk from 10am to midday on Saturday 13 April at Rangihoua Onetangi Sports Park. Visit Ecofest.org.nz to find out more.

Waiheke Chamber Music Festival 2024: Experience world-class chamber music, fine food and award-winning wines against the backdrop of some of the island’s most stunning locations. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April. Tickets at eventfinda.co.nz