‘Tomb Raider’. ‘Jet Fader’. ‘Vomit Comet’. After enduring years of derogatory labels from Waiheke ferry commuters, Jet Raider officially has a new name. Fullers, which has just taken delivery of new Whanganui-built ferry Torea, has sold Jet Raider to the...
Waiheke postal worker Sonia Quazi was caught by surprise when a film crew from New Zealand Post contacted her about being featured in a video for its Facebook page. Highlighting her exemplary customer service, the online video has now...
A million dollar Auckland Transport (AT) project to upgrade Putiki Road is now due to begin on 8 January, but business owners on the street are angry after their feedback has apparently fallen on deaf ears – and that...
The iconic Palm Beach Store is back in business - though squeezed into half the space - after last month’s floods. Half the store remains off limits behind a blue tarpaulin while decisions are made about swollen particle board flooring...
The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt. Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers...
Almost in defiance of the times, Waiheke Organic Food is closing after 20 years of offering a haven to the health-conscious on Tahi Road. Anna Ripper, Leila Lees and Carol Shortis opened the island’s first organics shop in 1998, selling...
In the mid-1980s Rob and Jennie Fenwick came across a remote headland forming the western flank of Te Matuku Bay, on the island’s south-east coast. They bought a small property at Little Bay, accessible only by boat, and put...
Waiheke organic vineyard Awaroa has received top ratings for all six of its wines in prestigious Australian wine magazine Winestate. All the wines were either awarded five, four and a half or four gold stars from a possible five. Made by...
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...
Bayleys has jumped on board as the principal sponsor of the Waiheke Community Housing Trust. A shortage of affordable long-term rental housing on the island has been a significant issue for years, and Mary Curnow, principal of Bayleys Waiheke is...