Visitors wanting to visit the Cascades in Whakanewha Regional Park now have another path to take. Two hundred easy gradient steps have now been completed, starting at the top of the park’s Central Track opposite the Batch Winery carpark on...
Plans for 12 potential new marine reserves in the waters of the Waiheke Local Board area have been sent to the government. The local board’s submission on the government’s proposed Marine Protected Areas Act includes detailed maps of seven new...
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...
If you ask any surfer on the island about the local surf they’ll say it’s pretty rare. But recent weather has brought in some decent sets of about one and a half to two metre high waves. Someone who got out...
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...
Once a quiet bay with few outward signs of civilisation, Woodside Bay, over the hill from Whakanewha Regional Park, is rapidly being transformed. Three projects are mooted across the bay. Construction is underway on the first at 511 Gordons Road;...
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...
The Environment Court has refused consent for a marina in Matiatia and reserved its decision on the question of costs. Local opposition under the banner of Direction Matiatia had raised $430,000 to fight the proposal, which Principal Environment Judge L...
Drinking water will soon flow in five island parks, after Waiheke Local Board decided to spend $30,000 on the project. The board has set aside $30,000 to provide water fountains and taps at Palm Beach playground, Surfdale Reserve, the Old...
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...