From The Editor

EDITORIALS

To everyone who made the Great Gulf News Trolley Derby such a success, thank you on behalf of all of us at Gulf News.There are dozens of people listed at the back of this week’s 16-page souvenir lift-out without...
Gran died on her 102nd birthday — a typically neat departure, faintly resonant of the flourish with which she’d finish off a particularly difficult contract while playing her favourite card game, bridge.But it was only while constructing her eulogy...

More than a few people gathered to gape in dismay on Monday after finding Oneroa’s PostShop had exited the building it has shared with Kiwibank for several decades. The doors of its twinned bank branch are now only open...
The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action is the subtitle of journalist, researcher and author Max Rashbrooke’s 2018 Government for the Public Good. Nominations for positions on Waiheke’s local board, city council and mayor close next week and, with the...
Auckland may not be, as former Mayor Len Brown hoped, the “world’s most liveable city” but I don’t doubt that Auckland Council is the most unpopular local body in the country. Most Aucklanders resent the Super City and its unpopular...
In this job, I have fielded the community’s complaints from every direction for decades but last week’s editorial presenced me to the city megolith as it manifested under figurehead Mayor John Banks.For Waiheke, it has seemed as if we...
I was reminded of a particular Gulf News cover in 2002 when John Banks, former Auckland mayor, businessman, MP for both National and the ACT parties and long-time shock jock radio host, announced last week that he is considering...
Waiheke will never be the same if Auckland Council goes ahead to extend its isthmus Unitary Planning regime to include Waiheke, veteran Auckland councillor Mike Lee told the Waiheke Local Board at its recent monthly meeting.It will become a...
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, responding to an incendiary public meeting on Waiheke’s unregulated and very expensive ferry services earlier this month, told Gulf News this week that the ferry company is working on costing a possible fare subsidy and...
The Scottish island of Bute’s quintessential community newspaper The Buteman could claim it had provided its readers with ‘trusted news since 1854’. That was up until last week when it was pronounced dead by its owners, JPI Media, publisher...

Liz Waters, Editor of The Gulf Newas

About Liz Waters

After a career which started in the newsrooms of the New Zealand Herald and Northern Advocate, Liz Waters and former husband David Waters built the 42-foot ketch Pendragon in Whangarei. They then spent four years sailing her round the world, crossing the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

The trip involved four trans-Atlantic crossings, and shore time in such far flung places as St Helena and Bahia in Brazil as well as the West Indies, Bermuda and the Azores and, on the return voyage from Britain, the Panama Canal, the Galápagos Islands and French Polynesia.

They completed the circumnavigation in 1977, restored a derelict sailing scow and, after the birth of the first of their three daughters, bought shares in Waiheke’s newspaper.

Waiheke in the feisty 1980s was their next adventure.

Liz took over sole ownership in 1994 and since then Gulf News has continued its tradition of in-depth, professional reporting on local issues, picking up its fair share of awards along the way.

Liz sees a strong local newspaper that gives in-depth coverage of the issues that affect it’s community as a key factor in helping a region maintain its identity and the engagement of the whole community in its own decision making. 

Staying true to the paper’s long heritage of being driven by journalistic endeavour rather than commercial imperative is something she holds dear.

“We have a job to do. That is what we owe people and that is what we offer advertisers – a newspaper that is a must read in the community because it canvases all those issues that are important to people who live here.”

As with any newspaper, she says, “ you’re only as good as last week’s issue”.

Liz’s love of sailing continues with the 32-foot classic Woollacott boat that she bought as a derelict hull and restored eight years ago.