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...
More than 278,800 people caught ferries to or from Waiheke in December but wharf tax figures continue to fall. Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden is pleased that Auckland Transport has made a step towards releasing information about passenger numbers...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
Survey finds we have little say on island’s biggest problems A survey to benchmark plans to test a more inclusive style of governance for Waiheke has residents slamming both Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on their current levels of communication...
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...