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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...
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...
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;...

A bylaw to ban jet skis from some island beaches is being investigated by Waiheke Local Board. At the board’s meeting last Thursday, island resident Sally Lumsden raised concerns about a new jet ski business operating on Waiheke. In December, Auckland...
Our apologies for an error in pagination this week - It's not often our printers get it wrong! Waiheke bird lover Sue Fitchett is encouraging people to offer water and food for native birds during long periods of dry weather. Placing...
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...
Contractors are twiddling thumbs and projects face delays because the Hoporata Quarry has run out of suitable metal. “Contractors can’t go to work and make money,” says Dave Whiting of Gulf Island Earthmovers. “Builders can’t get retaining walls or driveways...
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...
Thirty four successful artists have now been announced for the next headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition after having received a record number of nearly 250 proposals for the 2017 event - more than double that of 2013. The selection...
It is almost last orders time for loyal customers of Ringawera Bakery’s artisan products. Co-owner Paddy Griffiths has confirmed what island-based retailers were telling the Gulf News – that the award winning baker is closing the doors after almost eight...