About Project Forever Waiheke

Project Forever Waiheke is led by a Local Working Group of people representing a broad range of interest areas, including the Waiheke Tourism Forum, the Local Board, conservationists and environmentalists, community development workers, mana whenua and tangata whenua, with support from Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). 

Our key goals are to identify the impacts of tourism on the island, both beneficial and harmful, develop strategy to help address and manage problems associated with tourism, and advance tourism sympathetic to Waiheke’s environments. Thereafter we aim to monitor tourism impacts and community wellbeing over the next three to five years, under the umbrella of United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories programme (INSTO). Important areas for monitoring include: 

  • Impacts on essential transport infrastructure, such as traffic, ferry and bus services

  • Road safety risk for cyclists and pedestrians

  • Adequacy of water supply, water quality and waste management

  • Health of beaches and seawater

  • Health and wellbeing of the island’s flora and fauna

  • Noise, air and light pollution

  • Effects of tourism development on residents’ quality of life

The information gathered will enable the Waiheke Island Local Board, Auckland Council, governmental decision-makers and the Waiheke community to manage tourism impacts for the continuing wellbeing of Waiheke environments, resources and residents. The information will help local businesses, tourism operators, community groups and island residents to sustainably manage island tourism and related development.