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…

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…