The Spirit of Waiheke: Ode to an Island

Author(s): Photographs by Peter Rees Words by Waiheke Islanders

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A group of Waiheke Islanders gathered together and came up with the idea of a coffee table book. This became The Spirit of Waiheke, which celebrates what it is to live on and visit this unique motu. Profits from the book will go to The Waiheke Spirit Children’s Trust to support children’s programmes and events on Waiheke Island. 


We asked local artists, musicians, winemakers, chefs, restaurateurs, historians, kaumātua and more why they are so proud to call this unique island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf home.  What results is a loving homage to the island by well-known residents, including John Hawkesby, Andrew Glenn, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, Denis O’Connor, Graeme Revell, Amanda Linnell, Clare Dunleavy and Lady Jennie Fenwick, with more than 130 stunning images from one of New Zealand’s leading photographers, Waiheke local Peter Rees, that capture the island’s spirit and recipes from restaurateurs and locals.


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WRITERS: George Kahi, John Hawkesby, Chris Bailey, Paul Monin, Clare Dunleavy, Andrew Glenn, Anthony McNamara, Roanne Izzard Parker, Denis O’Connor, Anton Forde, Gabriella Lewenz, Graeme Revell, Kashmir Postel, Rosie Walford, Paora Toi-Te-Rangiuaia, Judy Davis, Maikara Ropata, Matariki Roche, Nick Saunders, Sue Fitchett, Tony King-Turner, Greg Treadwell, Lady Jennie and Izzy Fenwick, Sarah Gloyer, Carol Bucknell, Michael Maahs, Nalayini and Gareth Davies, Tanya Batt, Amanda Linnell, Selina Tusitala Marsh. 

RECIPES: Casita Miro, Fenice, Tantalus, Te Motu, The Oyster Inn, Three Seven Two, Luxe Waiheke Catering, Little Tart Bakery, the Simoni family, Rosey Eady, Lauren Young and the late Jeanette Goldwater.

General Fields

  • : 9780473543815
  • : Waiheke Tales
  • : Waiheke Tales
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Photographs by Peter Rees Words by Waiheke Islanders