Award-winning journalist and keen free-diver and spearfisherman Jim Mahoney revisits the gulf he knew as a boy. The islands of the gulf appear to float slightly above the horizon in the heat haze as our family sunbathe on the beach,...
A Waiheke Water Plan could be on the cards in 2018 with Auckland Council and the Waiheke Local Board actively looking at managing the island’s ongoing water problems for the rest of the summer and beyond. In the last few...
One case of gastroenteritis has been reported following water contamination at two Waiheke schools. Auckland Regional Public Health Service is assessing whether the gastroenteritis is linked to contamination of water at Waiheke High or Te Huruhi Primary School or due...
A protection stopping subdivision and development on Waiheke was removed last week, opening the way for urban sprawl on the island. Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden and board member John Meeuwsen are outraged...
Records are dropping as this year’s bumper crop of olives make its way to island presses. In contrast to 2015, when some of the island’s groves produced little or no fruit, this year’s crop flourished thanks to near-perfect pollination conditions...
Waiheke leaders are fighting to keep a local voice on the Hauraki Gulf Forum which is making plans for the future of the gulf. Waitemata and gulf councillor Mike Lee says a “disturbing” Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting was held last...
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...
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...
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...

Last week’s intense storm caused a trail of disruption and destruction across the island – with widespread flooding, delays and damage caused by the wild sea conditions. A significant low pressure system had set in above the Tasman Sea to...