From The Editor

EDITORIALS

The ugly scenes at Kennedy Point this week didn’t happen by accident and they didn’t start in 2016 when the Kennedy Point marina was first mooted. Like so much across Auckland these days, the fault can be sheeted home...
“Waikiki is crazy, it seems like Waikiki times two,” Honolulu resident Isaiah Tavares told Hawai’i’s TV station Khon2 late last month. “It’s a balance, you got to find that balance.” The US Pacific island state of Hawai’i is bouncing back...

We have been needing active, energetic, scientific work to regenerate the underwater ecology of the Hauraki Gulf for decades and the Matiatia to Hakaimango Point no-take marine reserve proposed by Friends of the Hauraki Gulf burst on a fairly...
The great and the good of conservation administration and politics gathered at the Tamaki Yacht Club on Tuesday morning, the sun coming up in a golden blaze over Motuihe, the sea a riffled blue, a shag drying its wings...
The survey pegs have just gone in on the section next door – that’ll be the third new home on the surrounding empty sections in the past few years. No doubt there will be more. What’s going up around us...
The over-stuffed bed was fully 350 cm deep, an opulent white damask sandwich of coils, springs, toppers and, in a lingering camera shot, what looked like hand-crafted quilting.  In an unfortunate conjunction, the bed manufacturer’s television advertisement earlier this week...
My own call came the first Thursday they started the whole jabs process down at Oneroa. “Is that James?” “Yes” “Can you make it down the village in the next 10 minutes?” “Bugger, no… sorry. I’m off island – doing my other job....
By 2007, Auckland City – to which we had been joined nearly 20 years earlier – was taking $15 million in rates and direct revenues from Waiheke and we were feeling like a rather threadbare “jewel in the crown”....
I read Indian author and global activist Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, in the excellent company of our ultra-casual island book club. It stuck with me for her incisive and deceptively simple storytelling but I...
At our home, a lonely incisor lies under a pillow awaiting the tooth fairy. It’s been there for 10 nights - but that’s nothing compared to the wait some of our children are having to endure for a dental...

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.