Fruit trees are soon to fill empty public spaces and berms around Waiheke. The Love Our Fruit Trees Waiheke Project will see 385 fruit trees branching out in public spaces. Organisers are also calling on residents who would like fruit...
Emergency meetings have taken place between the local board, Auckland Council and Waiheke’s under-pressure water supply industry to discuss dealing with the ongoing water shortage. With supply struggling to match demand — and some companies now fully booked until mid...
Waiheke commuters pay $1 a day in wharf tax, but get little benefit from the tax, says Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden. He is pleased that Auckland Transport is inching towards transparency, by finally revealing that each ferry passenger...
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...
An Auckland Transport officer found herself walking the steep streets of Surfdale on a dark and stormy night after a group of residents set out to save their long-standing bus route from planned changes. “We asked her to come and...
The remains of this intriguing old bottle were found by an elderly Surfdale woman walking at Dead Dog Bay the other day. Of black or very dark green glass, clearly very old and much thicker than present day bottles, she...

There’s been an outpouring of grief after Blanca, a beloved white goose who lived at Matiatia, was found dead on Tuesday morning. Local Oneroa resident Norma Cross found Blanca during a walk at around 8am. “She was a real part of...
Countdown says it is ‘playing its part’ in dropping plastic shopping bags on Waiheke. The island could become a national test case for the abolition of plastic grocery bags this month as our Countdown supermarket responds to a five-year local...
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...
Local board chairman Paul Walden is staring down legal threats over comments he has made about possible contributing factors to the devastating Tahi Road floods in March and April. Mr Walden has received two letters from lawyers Morgan Coakle, acting...