A new dive equipment and snorkel hire business on the island is making all the right soundings by organising an underwater and coastal clean-up. Around 20 divers have enlisted for the clean-up on Saturday week organised by Waiheke Dive and...
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...
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...
Dolphins claimed Kennedy Point as their realm last Thursday, coming within centimetres of the beach near the car ferry. A pod of about six bottlenose dolphins, including a mother, a playful baby and several large males, swam near the beach...
Marine reserves have become a hot topic as the government develops new legislation on marine protection. Several Waiheke groups made submissions calling for better marine protection in the proposed Marine Protected Areas Act, but Environment Minister Nick Smith has...
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...
Keep Our Beaches is renewing its fight over plans for marine reserves on the northern coast of Waiheke. Group representative Deb Cox, from Sandy Bay, says that Waiheke Local Board’s plans for marine reserves “fly in the face” of the...
Some supporters of the incorporated society SKP that appealed to the Environment Court to prevent a marina being built at Kennedy Point may end up having to pay court costs out of their own pockets if the developer has...
For ratepayers appeased by Mayor Phil Goff’s commitment to a 2.5 percent rate increase for the next two financial years – and 3.5 percent to follow if he is re-elected in 2019 – it might pay to look very...
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...