Marine reserves have become a hot topic as the government develops new legislation on marine protection. Several Waiheke groups made submissions calling for better marine protection in the proposed Marine Protected Areas Act, but Environment Minister Nick Smith has...
  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...
Keep Our Beaches is renewing its fight over plans for marine reserves on the northern coast of Waiheke. Group representative Deb Cox, from Sandy Bay, says that Waiheke Local Board’s plans for marine reserves “fly in the face” of the...
Auckland Council Compliance Officers are investigating after Walkways on Waiheke founder Ross Gillespie drew attention to what he believes is council neglect and illegal public encroachment onto Tin Boat Reserve in Onetangi. Within the reserve, a number of trees and...
The trustees of both Waiheke High School and neighbouring Te Huruhi Primary – the site of the island’s original and now unusable junior school pool – are now considering a site to develop heated swimming pools between the two...
An application to subdivide Thompsons Point into 25 sections is stirring opposition among Waiheke residents. Colin Devine is a trustee for Answer Services Holdings Limited, which has applied to Auckland Council for resource consent to cut a 38-hectare rural block...
The government’s plans for a recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf are “reckless”, says Friends of the Hauraki Gulf. “The crisis facing the gulf was caused by over-fishing. The solution does not lie in allowing more fishing,” the Waiheke...
Tensions were high at a meeting last week to discuss 12 new marine reserves proposed by Waiheke Local Board.  While marine biologist Roger Grace says the seas around Waiheke are shockingly degraded and urgent action is needed to protect...
Tensions are high over whether public access to Waiheke reserves is more important than keeping kauri trees disease free. Waiheke Local Board decided at its last meeting to defer any decision on developing a new 700-metre track through the Days...
Waiheke residents now have a chance to say whether they want the island to have a council of its own. The Local Government Commission is holding public meetings on Wednesday 28 September at Waiheke Library from 11am to 4pm and...