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...
The government’s plans for a recreational fishing park in the Hauraki Gulf are “reckless”, says Friends of the Hauraki Gulf. “The crisis facing the gulf was caused by over-fishing. The solution does not lie in allowing more fishing,” the Waiheke...
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...
Stalwart campaigner Sue Pawley and her sheep Multi were farewelled at Kennedy Point last Sunday as they set off on their journey to deliver Sue’s petition to Parliament. Sue has gathered thousands of signatures against the construction of the consented...
Plans for 12 potential new marine reserves in the waters of the Waiheke Local Board area have been sent to the government. The local board’s submission on the government’s proposed Marine Protected Areas Act includes detailed maps of seven new...
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...
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 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...
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...