In Wellsford, an 89-year-old ratepayer is starting a rates revolt over a targeted levy to fix Rodney’s transport woes. In Christchurch, The Star reports that a young fraudster is jailed for scamming the elderly “yet again”, while the jobs of...

Young South Americans on working holidays are an increasing presence on the island. We see them working in the hospitality sector, socialising at the beach and playing for the senior football teams, but beyond that what do we know...
Experience Marine Reserves interactive days take place this weekend with two events at two locations.  Explore the waters of Enclosure Bay on Saturday 18 January between 11am and 4pm by bringing your own gear or get free hire of mask,...
Mercy on us.  A capital gains tax has been proposed for our benighted country and so far, the wrath of Jove has not smitten us from the register of global approval.   Note to opposition leaders, even Stuff calls out...
The Waiheke Local Board has approved $15,000 for the development of a Lightscape Management Plan with the overall goal of Waiheke being named a Dark Sky Park. In 2017, Aotea Great Barrier was the first island in the world to...
Waiheke peace campaigner Maynie Thompson died on Saturday at the age of 98, but her activism lives on. Maynie died of old age at her home in Putiki Road in Ostend, where she lived with her son, Nick Thompson. Maynie’s granddaughter,...
Can homelessness exist in paradise? Waiheke may be listed as a top tourist destination but it is also an island where rents are soaring and more people are struggling to find a place to call home. Gulf News reporter Rose...
The burning question of ‘Who killed Barry?’ remains one of several hot topics amongst the Ostenders as episode three on Tuesday delved even deeper into the secrets and hidden truths of the quirky cast of characters. The disappearance of Dr...
Piritahi Hau Ora team produced another memorable Waitangi Day of manaakitanga at Piritahi marae in Blackpool on 6 February. Over 400 people took part in the welcoming pōwhiri, and after a cup of tea to complete the process, they...

By now, even the briefest summer visitor will have noticed that Waiheke has too much traffic for its roads and its public transport isn’t exactly a good fit either. This bursting-at-the-seams atmosphere is a phenomenon in small destinations that...