Spate of domestic violence causes concern
April was a black month for domestic violence on Waiheke.
The island’s Living Without Violence service received 15 police notifications about domestic violence incidents last month, three times as many as most months, says agency manager Merran Lawler and programmes and promotions coordinator Lisa Smith.
Serious violence was involved in some of the incidents, but the reasons for the sudden spate remain elusive.
Selling the Garden of Eden to the highest bidder
Greenpeace International co-founder Susi Newborn takes a clear-sighted look at the biggest issue the planet has ever faced, and what New Zealand needs to do about it.
Do your eyes glaze over when you hear the words ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’? Don’t worry, it is actually extremely common and has more to do with how our brains are hard-wired than failure to understand something where the risks approach existential peaks unseen in historical human experience.
Human beings are saddled with a ‘loss aversion’ shortcoming, which means that we are more afraid of losing what we want in the short-term than surmounting obstacles in the distance.
Explore ferry petition hits Parliament
A petition calling for Explore ferries to receive SuperGold card subsidies has been signed by 1569 people and presented to Parliament.
The petition was organised by Barbara Wilkinson, Dane Dixon and others on Waiheke, and was presented under the name of Waiheke Ferry Users Group chairperson Daniel Silva.
He says another 100 signatures were collected after the petition was handed over to Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye.
New rules on dogs proposed
Proposed new rules on dog access to beaches and parks have been drafted by Waiheke Local Board.
The new rules for Waiheke and Rakino Island will go out for public consultation next month, as part of the dog registration process.
The proposed rules retain restrictions on the times dogs can be taken on most beaches between Omiha and Pie Melon Bay from Labour Day to Easter.