A protection stopping subdivision and development on Waiheke was removed last week, opening the way for urban sprawl on the island. Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden and board member John Meeuwsen are outraged...
Former Auckland Central candidate Jacinda Ardern’s elevation to leadership has revitalised an opposition party which has floundered since the Helen Clark era. David Waters witnessed the Ardern affect at Labour’s campaign launch. It was about being bold and brave. About...
Paul Walden, a Waiheke Local Board member and for five years its chairman, was at the board offices earlier this month when police and half a dozen Auckland Council officials arrived to serve a search warrant on his wife...
Auckland Council spends too much on itself, councillor Mike Lee said last week as he announced he will stand again for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward in this year’s council elections. Too much remains to be done for him to...
Our Waiheke spokesperson John Meeuwsen is disappointed by a decision to treat the island’s breakaway bid as part of wider Auckland Council reorganisation. He says the attempt to create a unitary council on Waiheke could be “disadvantaged” by the process...
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...
Deputy chair stands down -  Paul Walden is taking a leave of absence for two months from 24 August to 24 October from his position as deputy chair of the Waiheke Local Board. Auckland Council has filed five charges against Mr...
Waiheke’s bid for its own council has contributed to a decision to investigate reorganising local government in the Auckland Council area. The Local Government Commission has decided that all of Auckland is affected by a bid from the Northern Action...
A Waiheke Water Plan could be on the cards in 2018 with Auckland Council and the Waiheke Local Board actively looking at managing the island’s ongoing water problems for the rest of the summer and beyond. In the last few...

A bylaw to ban jet skis from some island beaches is being investigated by Waiheke Local Board. At the board’s meeting last Thursday, island resident Sally Lumsden raised concerns about a new jet ski business operating on Waiheke. In December, Auckland...