Hopes for challenging the removal of a protection on Waiheke’s rural land have taken a blow. Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel chairperson Judge David Kirkpatrick says the panel did recommend the removal of the Rural Urban Boundary on Waiheke. Waitemata...
A Court of Appeal hearing over a land protection designation on Man O’ War Station could have national significance. Waiheke Local Board granted $3000 to the Environmental Defence Society to cover the costs for lawyer Rob Enright who is working...
Waiheke Islanders Bruce Plested and Rob Fenwick will be joining six other notable New Zealanders, including Sir Peter Jackson, in the 2016 New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Established in 1994 by the Young Enterprise Trust, the organisation celebrates enterprise,...
Waiheke commuters pay $1 a day in wharf tax, but get little benefit from the tax, says Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden. He is pleased that Auckland Transport is inching towards transparency, by finally revealing that each ferry passenger...
  Initial work for the Matiatia keyhole trial is complete, but the stop-start saga has hit another speed bump with Auckland Transport confirming the project is delayed – this time over parking spaces. In November, Waiheke Local Board agreed to give...

Long-time media commentator – and one-time Gulf News editor – Tom Frewen comments on the changing face of the world’s media Nobody predicted, as far I know, that the end times would be so entertaining. Wars and rumours of wars,...
A love of technology, nature and youth at risk is coming together for Eric Rangi Hillman as he develops computer games. A flurry of interest currently surrounds the Waiheke digital gaming and app development company, Her0tech, which island residents Eric...
Waiheke’s bid for its own council has contributed to a decision to investigate reorganising local government in the Auckland Council area. The Local Government Commission has decided that all of Auckland is affected by a bid from the Northern Action...
We continue our series on non-government funded and primarily volunteer organisations that make a difference in our community. This week Rob Brennan looks at end-of-life care services. “Initially I was reluctant; the word ‘hospice’ sounds like you’re on your deathbed...
  After the damage caused by the early-January storm, experts and residents are looking to the future, with climate change a real and foreseeable event. Just before Christmas, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) presented a report to...