From The Editor

EDITORIALS

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...

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In the last few moments as the outcome of the 2021 America’s Cup challenge become an inevitability, watching a last camera pan of this magnificent harbour where some of the world’s most beautiful yachts race any summer weekend, it...
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Wandering across the golf course at midnight in Lake Tekapo gives you a unique opportunity to time travel.  Because, effectively, that’s what star-gazing is – and star-gazing is what Lake Tekapo does best. Since 2012, what was once a brief...
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A year ago today, we all moved to Alert Level 4 for the first time. Along with so many others, my Auckland CBD workplace, North & South magazine, emptied. We left the office to work at home that week,...

Growing up on Waiheke with sailor parents in the early 1980s, we spent most of our weekends and school holidays sailing (slowly) around the Hauraki Gulf in our 100 year old cutter, Rewa. We rarely bothered to get excited as we...
I was temporarily home-schooling two of my grandsons when the move-to-higher-ground instructions circulated after last week’s seven and eight magnitude earthquakes off our northeastern coasts. The schoolwork iPads went into their bags with a couple of mandarins and hats,...
The heart woke up first. It reared indignantly at the thought that someone else was to blame. And sobbed at cancelled plans and lost investments. Even the PM, at her hastily contrived 9pm Saturday presser, was grimly “frustrated” as she...

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.