Auckland Council is finally taking steps to sort out problems with Auckland Transport’s work on Waiheke. After a presentation from Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden the council’s environment committee has advised the governing body of the need for Auckland...
Quick-acting Waiheke fire brigade volunteers were in action last Thursday morning to rescue a red-billed gull trapped in the rafters at Matiatia ferry terminal. Karen Saunders of Native Bird Rescue received a call from Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust chairman...
Man O’ War Station has lost its appeal against a land protection designation in a nationally significant case. Last Friday, the Court of Appeal released its decision on Man O’ War Station’s appeal against an outstanding natural landscape classification over...
And some people say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That’s hardly the case at the Kai Conscious Cafe in Oneroa, where volunteers serve up a regular Friday feast cooked entirely of food that otherwise would have...
Our apologies for an error in pagination this week - It's not often our printers get it wrong! Waiheke bird lover Sue Fitchett is encouraging people to offer water and food for native birds during long periods of dry weather. Placing...

Crampons, snow caves, self-arrests and below zero temperatures might not be your usual island fare, but that’s what Waiheke Venturers experienced last week. The Venturers mountaineering team, part of Waiheke Sea Scouts, took to Mt Ruapehu from 7-13 October to...
Solar power may provide the answer to overflowing rubbish bins at island visitor hotspots. Auckland Council has installed two high tech ‘Bigbelly’ bins at Little Oneroa, one of the beaches with the worst refuse problems over summer. The solar panels...
Plans for 12 potential new marine reserves in the waters of the Waiheke Local Board area have been sent to the government. The local board’s submission on the government’s proposed Marine Protected Areas Act includes detailed maps of seven new...

A pod of orcas having a stingray party caused a great human flap at Enclosure Bay last week, swimming either side of terrified children on a paddleboard as onlookers enjoyed the close encounter with a cetacean.    The orcas are also...
Hopes for challenging the removal of a protection on Waiheke’s rural land have taken a blow. Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel chairperson Judge David Kirkpatrick says the panel did recommend the removal of the Rural Urban Boundary on Waiheke. Waitemata...