Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf have been declared New Zealand’s first TPPA free zone. Waiheke Local Board members voted unanimously last Thursday night for the island to adopt a stance of resistance against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement until the...
Waiheke environmental campaigner Michael Tavares is putting himself forward to become a Green Party MP. In March 2015, Mr Tavares spent 80 hours occupying a kauri tree in Titirangi that was marked for felling, only coming down once the landowners...
Drinking water will soon flow in five island parks, after Waiheke Local Board decided to spend $30,000 on the project. The board has set aside $30,000 to provide water fountains and taps at Palm Beach playground, Surfdale Reserve, the Old...
Waiheke’s Saturday morning ferries were packed with people heading to join a 15,000 strong crowd at the Auckland People’s Climate Change March.The march was part of a worldwide weekend of protests, calling for urgent action to be taken on...
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...
Fierce debate over who should become Waiheke Local Board’s new chairperson is expected this Saturday. The five newly elected local board members have not yet reached agreement about who should take the roles of chairperson and deputy chairperson, so the...
Tensions are high over whether public access to Waiheke reserves is more important than keeping kauri trees disease free. Waiheke Local Board decided at its last meeting to defer any decision on developing a new 700-metre track through the Days...
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...
Work to extend dual footpath-cycle lanes either side of Ostend faces a delay after Waiheke Local Board told Auckland Transport to think again over its six-figure costings. Auckland Transport had given rough estimates of $530,000 to provide a 2.5 metre-wide...
After 13 years of frustration, decision-making power over the future of council-owned land at Matiatia has been handed to Waiheke Local Board. The “delegation” of authority, approved by Auckland Council last week, represents a significant step towards making better sense...