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...
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...
A massive 58 per cent of Waiheke voters took part in choosing new representatives for Auckland Council. Only Great Barrier voters proved more passionate, with 69.6 per cent of eligible voters casting a vote. Participation on Waiheke was far higher than...
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 residents now have a chance to say whether they want the island to have a council of its own. The Local Government Commission is holding public meetings on Wednesday 28 September at Waiheke Library from 11am to 4pm and...
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...
A million dollar Auckland Transport (AT) project to upgrade Putiki Road is now due to begin on 8 January, but business owners on the street are angry after their feedback has apparently fallen on deaf ears – and that...
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...
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...
Angry supporters of a 'breakaway' Waiheke Island council stormed out within minutes of the Local Government Commission announcing its rejection of the proposal at a meeting at MORRA Hall in Oneroa today. Placard-waving supporters of the Our Waiheke proposal commented...