43 days ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.


More messages from your neighbours
1 day ago

How much should your council rates rise?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, With one week until Auckland Councillors decide this year's rates rise, and the size of the Covid-19 hit Emergency Budget, public feedback on rates is fairly evenly split. How much do you think your's should rise? Read the story below:

4 hours ago

This one’s for you, Aotearoa!

Ryman Healthcare Limited

THANK YOU for coming together as one so we could all stay safe.

1 day ago

Opening boarders to Australia

Elmarie from Flat Bush

I am not sure why it is such a big deal to open the boarders with Australia.
Please note I do not wish to insult any person / industry just want more information.

They still have loads of cases and it will mean that anyone coming from Australia will need to go into lock down for 2 weeks. This will mean that most holiday makers will think twice of coming here as they will need 3 weeks to have 1 week of holiday. Going back will also be placed into lock down.
If we go there (I am not sure) but I believe they have a 2 week lock down period as well. They may waive it for NZ as we do seem to have the C-19 more or less under control.

So my logic (can be totally way off):-
1. Waste 2 to 4 weeks to have a holiday - getting only 4 weeks holiday in a year it is not a viable option.

2. Businesses will not have their key staff "waste" time by being not accessible. They will have virtual meetings as was done during L4 and L3.

3. Imports and exports can still continue as it has in the past 3 months.

They only industries that will really benefit is the 5 star hotels that have their facilities being used as quarantine facilities.

My family is going to Queenstown for the 1st time in 16 years as we know that it will be busy but NOT hectic as in normal holiday periods.

I feel for all the people involved in the hospitality, but do believe more locals will be visiting the beautiful places in NZ that they will not normally go too.

We are all really lucky to call NZ our home, lets support local