How we live here
Living on a beautiful island with a relatively small resident population, an annual rush of visitors in the summer, and being so close and connected to Auckland New Zealand biggest city – these factors all combine to create a distinctive quality of life here.
With a resident population of around 9,000 people, expanding to around 30,000 in the summers, the island can be quite different in the changing seasons.
The stunning natural environment of Waiheke has led everyone connected to the island – residents and visitors alike – to want to preserve its special charm.
This has generated a passionate sense of katiakitanga (guardianship), where the people of Waiheke Island are clear about how we want to live here.
The mana whenua (people with authority over the land) of Waiheke are Ngāti Paoa. There is a marae (Maori meeting and community house) at Piritahi, at the western end of Blackpool Bay. Please note, entry to the grounds of the Marae is by invitation only.
These stories will help to reveal 'The Waiheke Way.'