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...
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...
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...

Blue whale sightings in the Hauraki Gulf are at an all-time high – it’s almost as if the mammals are surfacing to applaud our efforts during Plastic Free July. Between 12 and 18 July, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari experienced...
Fears have surfaced that Segway tours at Blackpool Beach could disturb rare native godwits and dotterels. Island conservationist Sue Fitchett says groups riding the two-wheeled electric vehicles should not be whizzing into the habitat of rare New Zealand dotterels and...

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...
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...
Looking out on the gulf, everything seems fine whatever the weather - blue water, studded with green islands, fringed with sandy beaches, seemingly teeming with marine life. It’s what brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Waiheke and an estimated...
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...
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...