An early start on Sunday morning saw Jimi the kākā return to the wild after three months of care by Auckland Zoo staff and Native Bird Rescue volunteers – even if he did take an hour to adjust to...
Awaawaroa Eco Village residents and neighbours are relieved to get a say on plans to develop a brewery, event venue and visitor accommodation in the valley. Auckland Council Duty Commissioner Richard Blakey has decided not to notify the public generally,...
Organisers of the Waiheke Walking Festival are putting their feet up after notching-up all sorts of records with this year’s nine-day event. The seventh annual festival drew 1500 participants of all ages, many of whom made several treks, says coordinator...
A critically endangered shore plover has flown from Motutapu to Blackpool Beach in recent weeks. Department of Conservation (DOC) biodiversity and biosecurity ranger Art Polkanov says the young bird was released on Motutapu in January. Waiheke’s visitor could be seen...
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...
The week ended with some early spring sunshine and a visit to Oneroa Bay by a pod of about eight dolphins on Friday afternoon. As word spread about the bottlenose dolphins’ visit, people flocked to the beach to watch the...

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...
A Waiheke resident who has paid around $35 million to develop an approved subdivision on rural Thompson’s Point is promising improved environmental outcomes to go with the luxury houses. Chris Jacobs, who “retired” to the island in 2015, has bought...
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...
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,...