New Zealand experienced its hottest winter on record this year, according to Niwa. Of the six main centres, Auckland was the warmest, although temperatures across the country were generally above or well above winter averages. The highest temperature of...
A somewhat serendipitous conversation during level-four lockdown resulted in the opening of a new op shop in support of Waiheke Native Bird Rescue this week. What comes as a bit of a surprise is that it’s located 430 kilometres...
When I ask Nicolas Verniest what it’s like to run 100 kilometres, he says although he feels exhaustion permeating every inch of his body and it takes several weeks to recover fully, it’s all worth it. The 31-year-old Belgian...
A cluster of colourful bins in the Matiatia carpark was temporarily removed and replaced with an illegal dumping sign during the Covid-19 lockdown.  Throw-and-go bins at Kennedy Point were also temporarily closed, and the local board is now investigating their...
The first nationwide whale and dolphin census on 20 June was deemed a success by organisers. Winter is an excellent time to spot migrating whales, and despite rough seas and limited visibility in some parts of the South Island,...
Waiheke’s essential workers are being treated to free massages thanks to massage therapists Nat Davies and Alexis Guerin of Spiral Space. The duo decided they wanted to give back to those workers who continued working in high-risk and often...
A sizeable jellyfish discovered at Owhanake Bay this month left many onlookers curious about the brightly-coloured creature of the deep. Several photos snapped by residents and shared to Facebook and other sites captured the massive pink blob, known as...
The confected coronavirus story about dolphins frolicking in Venice canals may have been debunked as fake news, but beachgoers on Waiheke were treated to a visit from a large pod when they came out of lockdown level four last...
Essential jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Liza Hamilton meets a Waiheke resident who’s still ferrying to and from the city to look after Auckland Zoo’s wide range of inhabitants. It’s business as usual for Auckland Zoo’s head of...
The third annual guided paddle in Te Matuku Marine Reserve was held last weekend. The Sunday event was a collaboration between the Experience Marine Reserves  interactive days and SUP Waiheke and follows on from the previous weekend’s guided snorkelling around...