Hidden 133 pages into the quite magnificent 160-page State of our Seabirds 2021 report into our feathered neighbours of the Hauraki Gulf comes a frightening analogy. “Seabird species in the region are distri- buted in accessible colonies across the Gulf, feed...
Earlier in the pandemic, there was a useful reminder to build up a set of personal precautions as if everyone you met could have a life-threatening and highly contagious illness. And to treat every encounter as if you yourself...
“There are no prizes just for showing up,” international human rights lawyer Kavita Naidu, a Pacific delegate to the COP26 conference, said on the eve of the ritual gathering of world leaders in Glasgow this week. He was aiming squarely...
From the mad morning rush of squabbling tūī, the insistent barking of the neighbourhood ducks and the maudlin call of an elusive shining cuckoo that flits somewhere at the back of our valley, it’s clearly peak mating season for...
Frustration, disagreements and financial hardship have been Covid’s calling cards for locked-down Waiheke. But now there’s something we can all do to help our community open up – get the island vaccinated. Tuesday afternoon, Gulf News took a phone call...

I spent last weekend wrestling with an eight-foot tree root.  By dark on the first day, it had become obvious that it was a scion of a macadamia tree stump still three feet away from the laboriously dug trench in...
Throughout Project Forever’s exhaustive report on the future of tourism on Waiheke, Covid hangs like a spectre, haunting each question and statistic with its new and potent impact on residents’ and business confidence. Had the surveys been conducted, say, three...

So how did we get to be on the UN’s mat for a shameful lack of housing for our citizens and the wiping out of internationally recognised human rights to adequate housing – to which we actually subscribe? In the...
Scratch the surface of Waiheke and one of its first, and potentially most disturbing, traits you reveal tends to be a constant battle over the concept of ownership – that longevity and settlement incur on the individual a proportionately...

Only now, in the throes of this fourth Covid lockdown in 18 months, am I coming to grips with my somewhat tangled relationship with gardens and gardening.   My mother and, later, mother-in-law, were both magnificent gardeners, who – given...
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