The ‘rural-urban boundary’ planning tool has been preserved on Waiheke after an out-of-court settlement. An agreement between the island-based Straits Protection Society and Auckland Council reverses a decision the council made last August, after the Unitary Plan hearings process. The agreement...

Community groups and volunteers are the glue that holds this island together, plugging social, environmental, sporting and educational gaps. They exist often on a shoestring and generally answer needs with little fanfare. This week’s Gulf News recognises their endeavours. Many have...
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,...
He was the ‘go to’ man for 40 years on Waiheke, whether you had a drainage or roading issue with ‘council’ or the fire siren sounded. Ron Leonard, who died on 6 March aged 71, was council overseer in...
Every month while you’re relaxing in bed enjoying your Sunday cuppa and reading the news, a group of volunteers are hard at it with shovels and barrows keenly restoring Newton Reserve from its origins –  as an old sheep...
A walk along the beach at Picnic Bay on the western side of Kennedy Point provides a pleasant vista and a sobering glimpse of the future. King tides and storm swells undercut the bank above the sand, exposing and then...

On 30 May 2018 the Environment Court upheld the resource consent for the construction of a marina in Kennedy Point Bay previously granted to Kennedy Point Boatharbour Limited (KPBL).  The court was far from persuaded by the arguments of the...
Friends of McKenzie Reserve has complained that tracks are almost disappearing in long grass now that Auckland Council has cut back its mowing services. Representatives of the community group made a plea at Waiheke Local Board’s last meeting for monthly...
Records are dropping as this year’s bumper crop of olives make its way to island presses. In contrast to 2015, when some of the island’s groves produced little or no fruit, this year’s crop flourished thanks to near-perfect pollination conditions...
Auckland Council is finally taking steps to sort out problems with Auckland Transport’s work on Waiheke. After a presentation from Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden the council’s environment committee has advised the governing body of the need for Auckland...