Just before the summer, Auckland Council officials descended on the Waiheke Local Board and announced public consultation for Local Parks Management Planning or, as it is now lovingly referred to in official circles, Waiheke’s LPMP.  Specifically, we are being...

Time is precious but we seldom treat it as such unless (like James Bond) we are staring death in the face or having one of those sand-through-the-hourglass epiphanies that can come at the end of a run of –...
By now, even the briefest summer visitor will have noticed that Waiheke has too much traffic for its roads and its public transport isn’t exactly a good fit either. This bursting-at-the-seams atmosphere is a phenomenon in small destinations that...

Welcome to Waiheke. We hope you get to notice the blazing pohutukawa of all sizes around every corner, that masterful castle on the evening sand with a silhouette like a medieval city and the small-scale-ness of our villages and...

In the dappled, welcome shade of one of Waiheke’s most beautiful overhanging pohutukawa, I’m selecting matching stones for a small, slim under-two-year-old to consign to the rising tide with an impressively well-formed overhand style. After which he will trot...
This column may well disturb some people and – even if you have managed to keep your composure through serpentine queues, endemic delays and general overcrowding – your next ferry trip to Waiheke may be a little worse for...
Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Mike Lee says he is appalled at the decision to hit Waiheke commuters with further parking charges at Matiatia.  Cr Lee said he was deeply concerned that, as the elected Councillor for the inner...

Clearly I haven’t been nearly plain enough these last two years about my Waiheke-centric dissatisfactions with Auckland Transport’s management of Pier Two in the downtown ferry basin.  At this moment, it looks as if more delays, ever-present queues and...
Usually, whenever one forms a shiny new possibility in the world – of an ubiquitous kindness, as I did  last week in this column, for example – what shows up next is all the stuff that isn’t kindness and...
‘There’s plenty of kindness to go around – it’s not pie,’ says the T-shirt.‘Love, peace, equality, KINDNESS,’ says the fridge magnet. American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author Roger Ebert went one better and concluded that kindness covered...
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