Today Waiheke residents are rejoicing. They're over the moon.
Lonely Planet has named their island the fifth best region to travel in 2016.
It calls it a "utopia of coves, beaches, vineyards, bohemian sensibilities and, above all, fun".
Newsworthy's David Farrier calls it a water-ringed prison colony for Auckland's most annoying people.
Watch the video for the full Newsworthy report.