The idea of erecting an “Island Closed” sign at Matiatia has gained more than a few social media clicks but Waiheke Local Board is seeking a more measured approach to coping with the tidal wave of tourists drawn to...
An Onetangi couple with a baby suffered a “scary” night as debris slipped down a hill and bombarded their caravan during last week’s storm. A window was smashed in the caravan on Hobson Terrace that Jessica Mead and Anthony Stead...

Students from Te Huruhi School spent three days at Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges to round off the school year. Arriving at camp, the students soon settled into the first of three days away from home by getting their...
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...
Tensions are high over whether public access to Waiheke reserves is more important than keeping kauri trees disease free. Waiheke Local Board decided at its last meeting to defer any decision on developing a new 700-metre track through the Days...
A 38-hectare Thompsons Point property could be subdivided into 25 sections, raising alarms for Palm Beach residents. Local leadership coach Rosie Walford spotted advertisements from real estate agencies advertising the lifestyle block at 306 Sea View Road for sale for...

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...
The credibility of efforts to police commercial fishing activity in the Hauraki Gulf has taken another blow after Greenpeace released a leaked Ministry of Primary Industries report. The gulf is the most productive part of the country’s main snapper fishery,...
Auckland Council has admitted reducing its charges for Waiheke Marinas Limited by $76,601, cutting almost 25% off the original bill. In December, Direction Matiatia spokesperson Merran Lawler claimed that the council had done a secret deal with the company, waiving...

Whether and how ratepayers should fund track maintenance in Forest and Bird’s Waiheke reserves that are part of Auckland Council-promoted walks was central to a Waiheke Local Board decision last week. The environmental charity’s Onetangi Reserve is a key section...