In 1885 landscape painter Alfred Sharpe won a gold medal for his watercolour A Golden Eve, Waiheke Island at the New Zealand Art Students’ Association. The then president of the association, Mr Kennett Watkins, called it “a dream soft...

The easiest way from my old house at the top of Great Barrier Road down to Enclosure Bay if I fancied a fish or a high-tide dip was a straight line. Sure, it meant cutting through a few neighbours’...

You can get a pretty good up-close view of some of the world’s most magnificent cruise ships courtesy of Fullers ferries. Two weeks running now, as I’ve headed into the city on early morning commutes, we’ve had cause to either...
There were a few elephants in the room when Waiheke’s new local board members were sworn in at a ceremony at the Ostend War Memorial Hall to open a term when Waiheke, even more than the rest of democracy-starved...

There was something ponderous and rather disturbing about the pre-election charm offensive by Auckland Council when it exhorted citizens to vote in this month’s local government election. We were even invited to admire its perspicacity in hiring a young woman...

Three lonely barstools berm-stranded at the top of Goodwin Ave. Yup, I’ll have those, I thought. They graced my shack in Frank Street for a few years and then, when I moved round the corner to a bar-free kitchen, they...
So said the cheerful resting actor in his high-viz Auckland Transport vest in the now redundant bus-stop at the top end of Oneroa. The reason I knew he was an out-of-work thespian is because I’d already seen the casting call...
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...
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