From The Editor

EDITORIALS

Mark Zuckerberg has recently looked more like an outraged Roman emperor with cities burning around him than the familiar, boyish wunderkind who founded Facebook, leads its board and owns most of its shares.  Even as Washington itself burned, the...

Mark Zuckerberg has recently looked more like an outraged Roman emperor with cities burning around him than the familiar, boyish wunderkind who founded Facebook, leads its board and owns most of its shares.  Even as Washington itself burned, the...
Outside ASB, Morgs beams and glows his way through a story about his shiny new daughter. She’s feeding well and sleeping well; he couldn’t be happier. We grasp each other’s hands and hug – my first hug in 75...
To an observer – a space station crew or author brewing a dystopian novel, for example – it must have been an astonishing sight. Like meerkats blinking out of sight, we responded to a great new 21st century plague by diving...
“Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around,” Milton Friedman said in 1982. “That, I believe, is our basic...
“Looks like you pushed the rain button,” my neighbour gleefully teased as the tanker rolled up. Our first water delivery in more than a decade arrived on Tuesday accompanied by a persistent drizzle – the sort that tends to turn...
Kelly Klink contacted the Gulf News on Tuesday to talk roadblocks. This is a woman who has led and won a battle all the way to the High Court to prevent dredged waste from being dumped on the seafloor just...
In many respects, level three does little to allow Waiheke to get back on its feet financially. Certainly, there’s an influx of construction workers, a bustle of busy-ness back on the shoreline and a heavy sigh of expanded bubbles....
The graffiti, scrawled on the side of a Hong Kong subway read: “We can’t go back to normal because the normal we had was precisely the problem.” And as much as those words carry a heavy political burden in...
It’s been a long time since those of us who worry about these things have had any certainty that the human race will be able to avoid the train wreck that is the planet’s environmental crisis. It’s been roaring...

Liz Waters, Editor of The Gulf Newas

About Liz Waters

After a career which started in the newsrooms of the New Zealand Herald and Northern Advocate, Liz Waters and former husband David Waters built the 42-foot ketch Pendragon in Whangarei. They then spent four years sailing her round the world, crossing the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

The trip involved four trans-Atlantic crossings, and shore time in such far flung places as St Helena and Bahia in Brazil as well as the West Indies, Bermuda and the Azores and, on the return voyage from Britain, the Panama Canal, the Galápagos Islands and French Polynesia.

They completed the circumnavigation in 1977, restored a derelict sailing scow and, after the birth of the first of their three daughters, bought shares in Waiheke’s newspaper.

Waiheke in the feisty 1980s was their next adventure.

Liz took over sole ownership in 1994 and since then Gulf News has continued its tradition of in-depth, professional reporting on local issues, picking up its fair share of awards along the way.

Liz sees a strong local newspaper that gives in-depth coverage of the issues that affect it’s community as a key factor in helping a region maintain its identity and the engagement of the whole community in its own decision making. 

Staying true to the paper’s long heritage of being driven by journalistic endeavour rather than commercial imperative is something she holds dear.

“We have a job to do. That is what we owe people and that is what we offer advertisers – a newspaper that is a must read in the community because it canvases all those issues that are important to people who live here.”

As with any newspaper, she says, “ you’re only as good as last week’s issue”.

Liz’s love of sailing continues with the 32-foot classic Woollacott boat that she bought as a derelict hull and restored eight years ago.