What’s On

Thursday 16 May

The Shakespeare Conspiracy: Waiheke Theatre Company presents The Shakespeare Conspiracy by Andrew Shepherd. Dive into a most lamentable, epic, romantic tragic comedy in a world where Shakespeare’s heroes and villains have been waging a secret war. Opens 16 May and runs until 25 May. Tickets available from iTicket or www.artworkstheatre.org.nz

Showing: Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm; Friday 17 May, 7.30pm; Saturday 18 May 7.30pm; Sunday 19 May, 2pm; Thursday 23 May 7.30pm; Friday 24 May, 7.30pm; Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm.

Auckland Writers Festival: Six days of conversations and performances featuring some of the finest writers from Aotearoa, New Zealand, and beyond from 14 to 19 May. For more information on Waituhu o Tāmaki 2024, visit www.writersfestival.co.nz

Friday 17 May

Waiheke Community Art Gallery / Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke: Anton Forde’s new exhibition Māhutonga – Time Stands Still opens at 6pm on Friday 17 May, along with two other exhibitions, Te Wepu MMXXIII and Called to Mind – Echoes from an Empty Place, with all on show until 30 June. The gallery is open daily 10am to 4pm at 2 Korora Road, Oneroa.

Sun Riders at Malones: Surfdale band Sun Riders play rock’n’roll tunes from RHCP, Sublime, Foo Fighters and more. Come along for a sing and a dance. Free entry, 9pm until late at Malones Irish Pub, 6 Miami Ave, Surfdale.

Pink Shirt Day: Wear a pink shirt this Friday and do your part to eliminate bullying and promote kindness and inclusion.

Kai Conscious Café: Delicious kai made from rescued ingredients is served every Friday from 11am to 1pm, followed by a community lunch at 1pm. Help or koha is appreciated. Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako Street, Oneroa.

Saturday 18 May

Laugh Club at Wild Estate: Standup comedy from the likes of Kiwi comedy heroes Dai Henwood, Angella Dravid, Tarun Mohanbhai and Nick Rado. Doors open at 8pm with dinner from 6pm. Tickets $39. For more information visit wildestate.co.nz 

Waiheke Library – NZ Music Month: The musical talents of Johnny Fleury, Steve Ingram and Chris Orange from the Good Little Machines host a free live performance at the Oneroa library from 2pm.

Waiheke Community Art Gallery / Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke: Māhutonga – Time Stands Still, featuring an artist’s talk with Anton Forde from 3pm. The gallery is open daily 10am to 4pm at 2 Korora Road, Oneroa.

Red Shed Arts Collective: Above and Below, a new exhibition running throughout May from seven of the collective’s ceramic artists. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm at 74a Palm Road.

Sunday 19 May

Fruit tree pruning workshop: Regenerative permaculture practitioner Judy Keats leads a workshop with practical demonstrations on fruit tree pruning, weed management, shelterbelts, tools and water collection and conservation from 9.30am–2pm. Tickets available from humanitix. For more information phone 027 5678948.

Autumn Clothes Swap: A zero-waste ‘shopping experience’ at Waiheke Sustainability Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Drop off a max of 15 good-quality items (open 9am-5pm) in the week prior, or come with them at 10.30am on Sunday 19 May. Clothes for all ages and genders are welcome. 

Wednesday 22 May

Natural sleep solutions workshop: Homeopath Tania Aroha-Twentyman covers using homeopathy to help your little one sleep at the Spirit of Waiheke cottage, 22 May, 10.30am to midday. RSVP to 027 688 9204

Coming events

Community meeting – Environment: The Hon Tama Potaka, minister for Environment and Conservation, is holding a public meeting at Club Waiheke Surfdale on Saturday 25 May 11.30am to 12.30pm. An opportunity for people to ask questions and tell the minister what we need the government to do to address our environmental and conservation challenges.

Pop-up Shop: The Rocky Bay compARTment store opens its doors at 50 Okoka Road for the first time on Friday 24 May 11am-3pm and Saturday 25 May from 1pm to 4pm, with an interesting mix of lovingly hand-crafted designs. Outdoor market table with bric-a-brac, trinkets, second-hand and vintage clothing. Cash sales. 

Sirens: Local band Sirens are back by popular demand with Sirens: The Show on Saturday 1 June at Artworks, featuring electrifying performances, guest artists and a fusion of classics and original hits. Buy tickets at www.artworkstheatre.org.nz