Countdown says it is ‘playing its part’ in dropping plastic shopping bags on Waiheke. The island could become a national test case for the abolition of plastic grocery bags this month as our Countdown supermarket responds to a five-year local...
Marina developer Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited (KPBL) has applied to Auckland Council to vary the conditions of its resource consent, slowing the start date for construction in the meantime. If approved, the variation will mean a smaller development at...
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...

Last week’s intense storm caused a trail of disruption and destruction across the island – with widespread flooding, delays and damage caused by the wild sea conditions. A significant low pressure system had set in above the Tasman Sea to...

Winds gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour provided weekend exhilaration for surfers but left dozens of people stranded overnight at both the Matiatia and downtown Auckland ferry terminals. Duncan Quinn, caretaker at the Red Cross building in Oneroa, was...
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...
Artworks Theatre rides the tide -  It was a full house in Artworks Community Theatre on 16 August. Unfortunately, it was full of water.  When theatre coordinator Jemma Peterson arrived on the scene, the water was about 20cm high and covered...
The skill of turning leftovers from the bottom of the fridge into gourmet dishes will be celebrated on Wednesday 17 April at the annual Great Big Rescued Food Cook-Off. Last year 40 wannabe chefs donned their aprons and turned food...
Construction is expected to begin on a marina in Putiki Bay within six months after Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd’s proposal survived an Environment Court appeal. In a decision released last week, the court found the proposal was appropriate for the...
Marina applicant Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd has lodged amended plans for a marina significantly smaller than that originally sought, with floating “attenuators” replacing rock breakwaters. The proposed marina, carpark and associated facilities would cover a total 7.38ha of waterspace, down...