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...
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...
Waiheke Budgeting Services manager Amelia Lawley looks at the home rental market on the island and assesses the likely effects here of proposed changes to national tenancy laws. A young couple with a three-year-old live in a two bedroom house...
Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf have been declared New Zealand’s first TPPA free zone. Waiheke Local Board members voted unanimously last Thursday night for the island to adopt a stance of resistance against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement until the...
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...
Excitement was in the air as Waiheke Steiner School opened at Fossil Bay on Monday. After three years of struggles to find a site, the school finally opened in rooms beside the Steiner kindergarten on Korora Road. Steiner school development team...
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...
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...
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...
Feelings are flying high as people prepare to vote on New Zealand’s flag in the referendum, which opens tomorrow. Many war veterans on the island will be voting against changing the flag, says Waiheke Returned Services Association secretary manager Brendan...