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...
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...
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....
An indepth look at the Te Matuku mangroves provided magic moments on paddleboards and kayaks last Saturday. The event, funded by Seaweek and Waiheke Local Board, was run by Experiencing Marine Reserves and SUP Waiheke. During the guided tour EMR coordinator...
The name may be rooted in the past but Jurassic Ridge has placed itself at the technological cutting edge with its latest installation. Planted proudly on the winery roof are 42 solar panels as the winery, which has always traded...
Red billed gulls are now as endangered as New Zealand dotterels with numbers plummeting in the Hauraki Gulf. The gulls used to breed in “huge numbers” at remote islands in the gulf but fishing has reduced their food supply and...
Kennedy Point marina opponent SKP Inc has announced one of its largest fundraising events yet, with a Sun Kissed Picnic planned for Saturday 17 February featuring music, art and plenty of refreshments. • Richard Jones   Full story in this weeks...
Ambitious plans for Stony Batter -  Fort Stony Batter is likely to get a massive upgrade and an injection of new life if a lease concession application is accepted. The 20-year lease application by Fort Stony Batter Heritage Park Limited (FSBHPL) to...

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...
Waiheke resident Bunny McDiarmid (left) and American-born Jennifer Morgan will be the first two women to become international executive directors of Greenpeace International. The two women will job-share the leading role in the environmental organisation from 4 April. Bunny, who lives...