Litter and marine debris are apparent in waters around the island, particularly over the summer with the influx of recreational boats and visitors.   To try to mitigate the issue, Auckland Council is providing a floating waste barge to encourage...
Teachers from both Te Huruhi and Waiheke Primary Schools were involved in the national strike action on Wednesday 15 August to ask for increased pay, reduced class sizes and extra resources to support special needs students.  “I found it inspiring...
The scenes behind The Great Gulf News Trolley Derby were full of excitement as drivers made last minute adjustments in the pits and volunteers set up the track. Check out our 16-page lift out for all the highlights of the...
A protection stopping subdivision and development on Waiheke was removed last week, opening the way for urban sprawl on the island. Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, Waiheke Local Board chairperson Paul Walden and board member John Meeuwsen are outraged...
The latest update at 3.43pm on Friday 3 March is that the National Advisory on tsunami activity is now cancelled. The advice from GNS Science based on ocean observations is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for...
Concern around the availability of affordable housing on the island is rife and at the most recent local board meeting Claude Lewenz, one of the principals of Shelter.NZ, said a change in policy is necessary to enable efficient, fast...
After a rainy start the weather cleared and the sun made a timely appearance, as if on cue, for the annual Spring Festival at Fossil Bay Kindergarten. The afternoon was bursting with blossoms as the children, dressed in seasonal colours,...
Music teacher Russell Duurloo reviews Waiheke High School’s latest musical extravaganza. It’ll be all right on the night. That’s what they say. Not “break a leg” − that’s too negative. All was going well, the hall was booked, I had a...
He was the ‘go to’ man for 40 years on Waiheke, whether you had a drainage or roading issue with ‘council’ or the fire siren sounded. Ron Leonard, who died on 6 March aged 71, was council overseer in...
A new 10-year pathways plan to improve infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists has been adopted by the Waiheke Local Board. The board released the draft plan late last year and asked for feedback from residents and Auckland Transport. “Recently there...