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...
Picnic Bay residents are finally getting a seawall to protect their waterside properties from tidal erosion – ending a 10-year struggle funded largely from their own pockets. The first of two barges bringing a total of 900 tonnes of rock...
Ambitious plans for Stony Batter -  Fort Stony Batter is likely to get a massive upgrade and an injection of new life if a lease concession application is accepted. The 20-year lease application by Fort Stony Batter Heritage Park Limited (FSBHPL) to...
Waiheke teenager Gareth Grace is on a mission to get Ostend skate park upgraded. He says the existing skateboarding area at Tawaipareira Reserve is too small for the crowds of teenagers and younger children who use it and the equipment...

Looking for a New Year's resolution? The St John Ambulance service is actively searching for brave new volunteers on Waiheke. The charity is recruiting for volunteer ambulance officers who work alongside permanent staff to respond to emergencies on the island...
The government’s plans for a recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf are “reckless”, says Friends of the Hauraki Gulf. “The crisis facing the gulf was caused by over-fishing. The solution does not lie in allowing more fishing,” the Waiheke...
Plans for 12 potential new marine reserves in the waters of the Waiheke Local Board area have been sent to the government. The local board’s submission on the government’s proposed Marine Protected Areas Act includes detailed maps of seven new...
A recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf would not provide adequate protection for marine life, the Hauraki Gulf Forum states. In its submission on the government’s plan to create a fishing park in the gulf as part of a...
The Waiheke Local Board recently put $10,000 towards the provision of emergency and transitional housing on the island. The grant will be used by the Waiheke Hope Centre Trust to gain social services accreditation, which will enable applications for...
Ron Leonard, the island’s ‘Mr Fix It’ in council roading and drainage matters and volunteer fire chief for 29 years, has passed away. Mr Leonard joined the volunteer fire brigade in 1968, serving for 48 years before retiring in May...