Waiheke’s Covid-ravaged economy is to receive a much-needed shot in the arm thanks to a scheme targeted at gifting visitors “free” accommodation and pumping what they save back into local businesses. The innovative On The House project has been turned...
Stranded on Waiheke and locked out of government wage subsidies, many of the island’s South American community have relied on food parcels to see them through. Recognising the dire situation early on, Amelia Lawley at Waiheke Budgeting Services Trust tapped...
Staff and students at Waiheke High School have been clocking up kilometres around the island in isolation distance challenges – running, walking, cycling and even paddling – with almost 1500km totted up last week. It started when the school competed...
Great travel marketing campaigns linger in your mind, just waiting to pounce when you’re keen to take a break. And now, alongside Australia’s gargantuan “Where the bloody hell are you?”, New Zealand’s long debated “100% Pure” and the weird...
Discounted ferry fares and collaboration between businesses will be key to a successful recovery for both local retail and wider Waiheke, say Oneroa business owners.  One of the newest shops on the Oneroa block, and occupying retail space that was...
Waiheke teen Shay Macleod has been juggling schoolwork with a new line in upcycled clothing, custom designed and spray-painted in his yard. The 16-year-old Saint Kentigern student has been creative in lockdown, posting tutorials on his stencil sprayed designs on...
A sobering sight in recent days has been the number of care parcels organised and distributed from Piritahi Marae. Last Friday saw the first batch of 117 boxes go out, followed by 54 more on Tuesday and Wednesday – the...
Several rustic green beach chairs decorate the northern end of Oneroa Beach over the warm summer months and remain until the start of autumn. They’re left there for anyone to sit on, to bake in the sun, relax with...
Waiheke’s second dramatic ferry birth in less than five months took place last Friday evening on the 8pm sailing to Auckland. The mother, who is happy to maintain her privacy amidst all the excitement, is at home on Waiheke...
Steve Latham considers himself lucky that his company Auckland Sea Shuttles has been operating at 20 percent of its usual level. Like others in the tourism and transport industry, Steve’s water taxi business has been knocked hard by the...