A Rocky Bay community group with a pest-free vision for the island has made serious headway - but still hopes to recruit more volunteers to help target rats in the area. Rocky Bay Ratbusters, a 150-strong group of Omiha residents,...
At least ten stingrays have been found lying dead on Blackpool Beach with their tails cut off, shocking local Waiheke residents and prompting a school group visiting Piritahi Marae to perform a karakia and bury the animals. “I was sickened....
A Court of Appeal hearing over a land protection designation on Man O’ War Station could have national significance. Waiheke Local Board granted $3000 to the Environmental Defence Society to cover the costs for lawyer Rob Enright who is working...
A new dive equipment and snorkel hire business on the island is making all the right soundings by organising an underwater and coastal clean-up. Around 20 divers have enlisted for the clean-up on Saturday week organised by Waiheke Dive and...
Music teacher Russell Duurloo reviews Waiheke High School’s latest musical extravaganza. It’ll be all right on the night. That’s what they say. Not “break a leg” − that’s too negative. All was going well, the hall was booked, I had a...

Discover sights unseen The programme for the annual Waiheke Walking Festival is now live, and events manager Denise Whitfield says it’s a massive one.  “The choices on offer are incredible, and I’m proud of this programme – it’s jam-packed full of...
The government’s plans for a recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf are “reckless”, says Friends of the Hauraki Gulf. “The crisis facing the gulf was caused by over-fishing. The solution does not lie in allowing more fishing,” the Waiheke...

A recurring event that gets residents and visitors alike excited is the Waiheke Snorkel Day put on every year as part of Seaweek, the nation-wide week dedicated to the ocean coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education. On...
Waiheke’s world-renowned beaches are regularly unsafe for swimming after significant rain, tests conducted over the 2017-18 summer reveal. Samples collected by Auckland Council’s programme Safeswim show beaches and freshwater streams around Waiheke regularly rise above guideline water quality standards for...
Residents above Blackpool beach reported seeing and hearing a shining bronze cuckoo, pipiwharauroa, last week for the first time since autumn. Like the godwits, also back recently from their breeding grounds in Alaska, the bird is a sign of spring....