Summer on Rakino 2021

It started off as a whim to get Anthonie Tonnon to perform on Rakino, and grew from there into a weekend of events and activities…

Proceedings kick off on Friday Jan 8 at 5pm with an art exhibition opening Upstairs at the Rakino Art Gallery. There will be a range of works to peruse and purchase, paintings, prints, woodwork, and jewellery, made by Rakino locals and Rakino friends. Join us for a celebratory glass of wine and nibbles. As always with island gatherings, feel welcome to BYO!

Image credit, Holly Shepheard
Image credit, Lisa West

10am till 12pm Saturday morning starts with a Rakino Nursery open morning with John MacKenzie on hand to advise and take orders for the coming winter’s tree planting. The baby trees are looking lush with lots of new growth. They’ll look even better planted in your backyard, and our burgeoning island wildlife will appreciate the gesture! Please walk down to the nursery via the track from the AT land on South Pacific Rd.

1pm till 4pm Rewa Grimsdale will be holding a flax weaving workshop at 21 Woody Bay Rd. (Josh, Holly, & Billie’s house). Participants will have the opportunity to learn to prepare flax for weaving, and make a flax flower and loose woven kete.
I’m keen on this one; harekeke is a material there’s no shortage of on Rakino!

From 3pm till 5pm contemporary jeweller Mia Straka will be holding a talisman making jewellery workshop at 21 Woody Bay Rd. You can get a feel for her work here: Mia’s work is sculptural and thoughtful, and this workshop will probably suit ten year olds and up..

8pmAnthonie Tonnon begins his performance at the Rakino Community Hall. I really can’t emphasise how lucky we are to have him perform on Rakino. I can only urge you to purchase tickets here: because this will be a really unique experience. You can learn more about Anthonie here:

Anthonie Tonnon

Sunday the 10th starts at a leisurely 12 pm with a flurry of activities. DJ Hudge, Bobby Brazuka, and Friends will kick things off down at Sandy Bay with Beach Beats. Koha and pizza deals available courtesy of Alf’s Woody Bay Pizzeria.

Simultaneously Grace Carr-Shepheard will be on hand at 12pm to talk about the small changes we can all make to make our world a better place.

At 1pm, Hayden Smith from Sea Cleaners will be chatting about the amazing work Sea Cleaners do in our ocean environment.

Drag the teens out of bed for these inspirational and informative chats down at Sandy Bay. Bribe them with beats and pizza!

DayDateDepart Stanley BayDepart DowntownDepart RakinoArrive DowntownArrive Stanley Bay
FriJan 8/2110.40am11am11.55am12.40pm1pm
Jan 8/216.50pm7.45pm8.30pm8.50pm
SatJan 9/2110.40am11am11.55am12.40pm1pm
Jan 9/213.15pm3.35pm4.30pm5.15pm5.35pm
SunJan 10/2110.40am11am11.55am12.40pm1pm
Jan 10/213.15pm3.35pm4.30pm5.15pm5.35pm
Belaire’s timetable for the weekend of the 8th/9th/10th

Sadly the event ‘Walks, Talks, and Snorks’ has had to be postponed due to America’s Cup racing. As soon as the Hauraki Gulf is no longer a four-lane highway, the event will be re-instated. It will follow the same format, however, so read on…

Saturday, January 16 and we have more treats in store! Walks, Talks, and Snorks is an eco fiesta on Rakino. We are very lucky to have a visit from scientists and enviromentalists Tim Haggitt, Tim Lovegrove, and Kerry Lukies, thanks to the efforts of Elisabeth Easther. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our birdlife, our marine environment, and our little blue penguins. Those with good swimming skills and their own gear have the opportunity to participate in a guided snorkelling experience with Tim Haggitt in Sandy Bay. For more details and links, visit

Author: lisa

Part-time Rakino-ite; mainly Auckland-based. I like writing stuff and making things.

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