By midday on Saturday, voting will have closed and a high-stakes term in local governance will be set in place. Voting papers must now have to be handed in at the Waiheke Service Centre in Belgium Street or at Oneroa’s...
“Can’t we just stick to the shambles that we’ve got already?” It’s been my favourite comment of a week in which I’ve got increasingly annoyed at not being able to land on a solution to the interminable issue of our...
Council staff have stepped up in the first 18 months of a pilot project to trial greater devolvement of decision-making to the Waiheke Local Board, according to an Auckland Council report. Rachael Butler and Jesse Allpress inventoried community, board and...
A raft of council planning processes which will “fold” (aka homogenise) and lock in Waiheke’s future character and aspirations during the term of the next Waiheke Local Board emerged as a major island issue at Waiheke Radio’s local government...

To everyone who made the Great Gulf News Trolley Derby such a success, thank you on behalf of all of us at Gulf News. There are dozens of people listed at the back of this week’s 16-page souvenir lift-out without...
Gran died on her 102nd birthday — a typically neat departure, faintly resonant of the flourish with which she’d finish off a particularly difficult contract while playing her favourite card game, bridge. But it was only while constructing her eulogy...

More than a few people gathered to gape in dismay on Monday after finding Oneroa’s PostShop had exited the building it has shared with Kiwibank for several decades. The doors of its twinned bank branch are now only open...
The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action is the subtitle of journalist, researcher and author Max Rashbrooke’s 2018 Government for the Public Good. Nominations for positions on Waiheke’s local board, city council and mayor close next week and, with the...
Auckland may not be, as former Mayor Len Brown hoped, the “world’s most liveable city” but I don’t doubt that Auckland Council is the most unpopular local body in the country. Most Aucklanders resent the Super City and its unpopular...
In this job, I have fielded the community’s complaints from every direction for decades but last week’s editorial presenced me to the city megolith as it manifested under figurehead Mayor John Banks. For Waiheke, it has seemed as if we...
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