Former Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay has apologised following comments he made during a meeting last week in which he said Waiheke was “full of lunatics and activists.” In a call to Gulf News the chairman of the Bank of...
After a marathon Auckland Council meeting, investigations are under way to see if three groups can purchase a property at 7 Waitai Road in Ostend with the hopes of creating a health hub and community housing.  The Auckland Council land...
Designs for Matiatia’s $15 million redevelopment are slowly taking shape, with Auckland Transport presenting three concept plans to key stakeholders this month. Groups including the local board, the transport forum, Cycle Action Waiheke, Fullers360 and the tourism forum have...

Waiheke has long been in the fast lane when it comes to its uptake of electric vehicles, and last week we welcomed a grunty (yet simultaneously smooth and quiet) Isuzu NQR. The EV, which is being used to collect...
Waiheke Primary School Deputy Principal Olive Campbell is both teacher and student, studying every week at Auckland University of Technology so that she’s able to confidently pass on te reo and te ao Māori to her students. Te reo Māori...
Belgian ultrarunner Nicolas Verniest has raised more than $4000 for Waiheke’s Native Bird Rescue in a feat of intense physical endurance. Last Saturday, Nic ran 100km along the Te Ara Hura trail in support of the bird rescue charity.  His...
The final chapter in the fight against a new liquor store in Surfdale is under way as those in opposition submit appeals to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority. Last week, an off-licence, which could see Surfdale Fruit and Vege...
Island organisations are waiting with bated breath to find out whether their applications to lease the recently renovated Old Surfdale Post Office are accepted. Opportunities to lease a public space for just $1 rarely arise, and at the local...
A resounding crash followed by the sound of scraping metal and tearing wood surprised Ostend residents last week after an SUV hurtled down Causeway Road before smashing into a wooden fence and damaging a large tree.  Police, ambulance and fire...
Despite the Government making masks mandatory just on public transport, Waiheke store owners say they trust the community to continue to mask-up under level 2 restrictions. RAW food market owner Richard Wilton says the majority of his customers wear masks...