Plastic is on its way out on Waiheke, if a group of environmentally conscience advocates and entrepreneurs has anything to say about it.  Charlie MacLean, who helped found advocacy group Straw Free Waiheke, has already convinced 36 Waiheke bars, restaurants,...
Does Waiheke need an outdoor or an indoor pool? Views on the topic are divided, with some supporting Waiheke Pool Society’s view that an indoor pool is necessary to meet community needs and others saying a more affordable outdoor...
Man O’ War Station has lost its appeal against a land protection designation in a nationally significant case. Last Friday, the Court of Appeal released its decision on Man O’ War Station’s appeal against an outstanding natural landscape classification over...
Hear that buzzing sound? A series of drone incidents have caught the eye of Waiheke Police and are prompting an island-wide discussion about sensible - and responsible - usage of a very 21st century technology. • Richard Jones Full story...
Hopes for challenging the removal of a protection on Waiheke’s rural land have taken a blow. Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel chairperson Judge David Kirkpatrick says the panel did recommend the removal of the Rural Urban Boundary on Waiheke. Waitemata...
Four times since it was set up, the Hauraki Gulf Forum has sounded the alarm over the declining health of the gulf’s waters and the species it supports. With its fifth report, the forum appears to have tired of banging...
Looking out on the gulf, everything seems fine whatever the weather - blue water, studded with green islands, fringed with sandy beaches, seemingly teeming with marine life. It’s what brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Waiheke and an estimated...
The island’s SPCA, along with other local SPCA operations nationwide, faces a difficult decision of either agreeing to a major restructuring in the coming months or leaving the umbrella of the national organisation. Currently Waiheke SPCA operates as an incorporated...
An extraordinary mansion at Church Bay has been contracted for sale for more than $20 million – making it likely to be the island’s biggest ever sale.• Richard Jones Full story in this weeks Gulf News... Out Now!!!
WINZ appears to have paid $1600 a week for a homeless single mother and her child to stay in a Waiheke motel. The woman, who did not want to be named, says Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) has paid...