Former chairman Paul Walden took two months leave of absence from the Waiheke Local Board in late August in order to prepare his defence against five charges brought against him by the Auckland Council which alleges illegal work on...

It occurred to me, in the weeks leading up to the Local Government Commission’s self-set deadline of Christmas for release of its findings on whether or not we and North Rodney could leave the Auckland Council, that it was...
When the Oneroa Volunteer Fire Station siren went off one last time for Ron Leonard a week ago, it was an eerie moment for islanders who have known him in his many, often unsung roles these last five decades. Statistics...
“The privatisation circus is back in town,” says Waitemata councillor Mike Lee as what appears to be a money-crazed Auckland Council launches a sale of every public asset that’s not nailed down, along with vast amounts more that one...
There have been a couple of interesting facts as the world press dissected France’s atypical leadership election result and the implications for a world finding itself with an increasingly full house of world leaders whose public personas would seem...
“I would like to assure you that Paul Walden has been treated no differently to any other property owner in similar circumstances nor has he been given any preferential treatment.”  This was Auckland Council chief executive Stephen Town’s response to...

It’s December and the rather glorious longest days of the year are fast disappearing in the onrushing Christmas hype. I’m of the generation that remembers long youthful debates in the halcyon late hippy days including the one that predicated...
This is Money Week 2017 and the indefatigable maw that is my daily email from official government sources tells me the Reserve Bank and the Commission for Financial Capability have collaborated in a series of videos to encourage people...

A week can be a long time in politics was a phrase coined in the mid 1960s amid what has been described as one of the greatest periods of social and industrial change in the twentieth century. Technology was...
Waiheke’s bid for relative independence from the Auckland supercity is being “stitched up, well and truly”, according to Our Waiheke breakaway group spokesman John Meeuwsen, who is also a local board member. In a decision late last year, the Local...
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