Waiheke Organic Food started as a food co-op and grew into a flourishing local business, now solely owned by founding member Anna Ripper. “As the business has expanded, the administrative side has become too dominant to allow time to follow...
The walls of the Harbourmasters building at Matiatia, etched with stories from years past, are receiving a fresh coat of paint as works to transform the space gain traction.  Knitwear entrepreneurs and long-time Waiheke family, the Pfaffs, are working to...
Covid-19 has taken its toll on a favourite source of icecream and coffee for locals. Manhar and Nita Bhikha have been running the Little Oneroa Beach Store for 12 years. During Covid-19 lockdowns, the store has been trading through a side...
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on tourism around the globe, and Waiheke’s tourism operators are feeling the full force of the tap being suddenly turned off on domestic and world travel. Owner and director of Potiki...
The community has come out in force this year, filling a shipping container with Christmas hampers for island families who need a bit of extra help over the holiday period. In mid-November, Maggie Wikaira, a financial mentor at Waiheke Budgeting...
Waiheke Islanders Bruce Plested and Rob Fenwick will be joining six other notable New Zealanders, including Sir Peter Jackson, in the 2016 New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Established in 1994 by the Young Enterprise Trust, the organisation celebrates enterprise,...
The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt. Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers...
The historic Rocky Bay store on Glen Brook Road was built in 1924, burned down in 2003 and has remained a charred shell, increasingly overgrown with vegetation. But Waiheke couple Simon Thompson and Mel Rowsell recently bought the property...
In the mid-1980s Rob and Jennie Fenwick came across a remote headland forming the western flank of Te Matuku Bay, on the island’s south-east coast. They bought a small property at Little Bay, accessible only by boat, and put...
One of Waiheke’s biggest tourist attractions is holding a “locals day” as a way to say thanks to Waiheke residents who have helped them weather the economic storm of the past 15 months. EcoZip will close to the general public...