John Meeuwsen

A Waiheke Council? Our economy in perspective

The oft-repeated assertion that tourism is at the centre of Waiheke’s economy and prospects needs to be put into perspective. In describing “Island demographics” [Gulf News 12 February] I said “we can assume at least 4000 Waiheke residents are in paid jobs at present.”  Of those jobs about 2200 are held on Waiheke. The remaining…

Waiheke Council Comparison Infographic

Waiheke Comparison with other Councils

16/03/15 Press Release: Our Waiheke Working Group Council Comparison The Our Waiheke Working Group (OWWG) has been looking at communities New Zealand-wide with similar populations and revenues to Waiheke Island to understand how they measure up on rates, revenue, spend, and management. OWWG has focused in on five communities ranging in population size from 7,536…

The Bad, The Ugly

Waiheke – Paul Walden, chairman The good… Difficult to find. The bad Auckland Council has lost comprehension of the its own legislation and the section 17 principles of subsidiarity. This budget has ignored specific requests of our Local Board around decision making for all local activities with funding for our community art gallery, theatre, recreation…