Awaawaroa Eco Village residents and neighbours are relieved to get a say on plans to develop a brewery, event venue and visitor accommodation in the valley. Auckland Council Duty Commissioner Richard Blakey has decided not to notify the public generally,...
Waiheke builder Zephyr Mills and Robbie prepare the yacht’s anchor that was laid out to keep the bow into the surf as the tide rose.   A former navy diver (centre) swam a line ashore from the tug Maui 1 outside...
Fuel prices are set to rise even further than the planned council and Government fuel tax hikes on Waiheke, leaving the local board and energy providers worried. Sealink is expected to introduce safety-related freight surcharges this month – ahead of...
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...
Auckland Council has called for public submissions on the proposed Kennedy Point marina, ticking off another box for project director Tony Mair. Those supporting or opposing the application have until Friday 16 December to lodge submissions with the council. Mr Mair’s...
Piritahi Marae is getting ready for its “biggest day yet”, the opening of the wharenui adorned with carvings. A pre-dawn ceremony will be held on 5 June celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the marae and the opening of the...
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...
Emergency meetings have taken place between the local board, Auckland Council and Waiheke’s under-pressure water supply industry to discuss dealing with the ongoing water shortage. With supply struggling to match demand — and some companies now fully booked until mid...
Waiheke leaders are fighting to keep a local voice on the Hauraki Gulf Forum which is making plans for the future of the gulf. Waitemata and gulf councillor Mike Lee says a “disturbing” Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting was held last...
Auckland Council has admitted reducing its charges for Waiheke Marinas Limited by $76,601, cutting almost 25% off the original bill. In December, Direction Matiatia spokesperson Merran Lawler claimed that the council had done a secret deal with the company, waiving...