Rare New Zealand dotterels at Whakanewha Regional Park have had twice as much luck raising chicks this year as last year. Senior ranger Jonah Kitto-Verhoef says 10 chicks were successfully raised by five pairs this breeding season. “Chick productivity was two...
While Plastic Free July is nearing an end, community and council support for the island’s environment is ongoing.  The Waiheke Local Board has approved funding of $85,000 allocated across four projects to restore and protect the island’s natural environment in...

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...

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,...

On 30 May 2018 the Environment Court upheld the resource consent for the construction of a marina in Kennedy Point Bay previously granted to Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited (KPBL).  The court was far from persuaded by the arguments of the...
In the midwinter of 1940, the Royal Mail Ship Niagara carrying eight tonnes of South African gold bullion departed Auckland on the second leg of its regular run from Sydney to Vancouver. It was wartime and the giant, twin-funnel...
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...
Every month while you’re relaxing in bed enjoying your Sunday cuppa and reading the news, a group of volunteers are hard at it with shovels and barrows keenly restoring Newton Reserve from its origins –  as an old sheep...
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...
Paul Walden, a Waiheke Local Board member and for five years its chairman, was at the board offices earlier this month when police and half a dozen Auckland Council officials arrived to serve a search warrant on his wife...