Waiheke resident Marta Fisch is urging Auckland Council to review its decision to allow 2Degrees mobile to install a 10 metre-high cell phone tower just metres from her bedroom window – without ever asking her. Marta already puts up...
Red billed gulls are now as endangered as New Zealand dotterels with numbers plummeting in the Hauraki Gulf. The gulls used to breed in “huge numbers” at remote islands in the gulf but fishing has reduced their food supply and...
Fruit trees are soon to fill empty public spaces and berms around Waiheke. The Love Our Fruit Trees Waiheke Project will see 385 fruit trees branching out in public spaces. Organisers are also calling on residents who would like fruit...

Crampons, snow caves, self-arrests and below zero temperatures might not be your usual island fare, but that’s what Waiheke Venturers experienced last week. The Venturers mountaineering team, part of Waiheke Sea Scouts, took to Mt Ruapehu from 7-13 October to...
A public meeting to explain Auckland Council’s approach to weed control on the island saw rigorous debate from factions for and against Waiheke Local Board’s decision to allow limited dispensation for the use of herbicides in three Waiheke parks. About...

Discover sights unseen The programme for the annual Waiheke Walking Festival is now live, and events manager Denise Whitfield says it’s a massive one.  “The choices on offer are incredible, and I’m proud of this programme – it’s jam-packed full of...

Ocean-loving volunteers and staff at Waiheke Dive and Snorkel undertook another seabed clean up last weekend, pulling out all manner of items from beneath the waves at Enclosure and Sandy Bays. • Richard Jones Full story in this weeks Gulf...
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;...

On 30 May 2018 the Environment Court upheld the resource consent for the construction of a marina in Kennedy Point Bay previously granted to Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited (KPBL).  The court was far from persuaded by the arguments of the...
Residents above Blackpool beach reported seeing and hearing a shining bronze cuckoo, pipiwharauroa, last week for the first time since autumn. Like the godwits, also back recently from their breeding grounds in Alaska, the bird is a sign of spring....