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,...
In the midwinter of 1940, the Royal Mail Ship Niagara carrying eight tonnes of South African gold bullion departed Auckland on the second leg of its regular run from Sydney to Vancouver. It was wartime and the giant, twin-funnel...
Our Waiheke spokesperson John Meeuwsen is disappointed by a decision to treat the island’s breakaway bid as part of wider Auckland Council reorganisation. He says the attempt to create a unitary council on Waiheke could be “disadvantaged” by the process...
Can homelessness exist in paradise? Waiheke may be listed as a top tourist destination but it is also an island where rents are soaring and more people are struggling to find a place to call home. Gulf News reporter Rose...
Kennedy Point Boatharbour’s proposed 186-berth marina is in essential demand and supported by hundreds on the island and around New Zealand, with anti-marina protesters just a “small subset” of “widely-held views”, say lawyers representing the marina’s developers in Auckland’s...
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...
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...
Waiheke’s Saturday morning ferries were packed with people heading to join a 15,000 strong crowd at the Auckland People’s Climate Change March.The march was part of a worldwide weekend of protests, calling for urgent action to be taken on...
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...
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...