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Archive for the ‘The past’ Category

Farewell to Jack Kingston 1918-2017

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Jack Kingston was one of Piha’s oldest and longest dwelling residents, when he died on 9 November 2017 aged 99 years. He has been at Piha so long, the corner of the road by his driveway is known locally as “Kingstons’ corner”. A very community-minded man, he was also a thorough going gentleman and  will be very sadly  [ Read More ]

Bob (Neville) John McNeil 1935 – 2016

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The death occurred on 11 June 2016 of Bob NcNeil and he was farewelled at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Avondale on Thursday 17 June. Bob was a West Auckland boy through and through. Though born at Coromandel, he came to Avondale as a child and grew up there, attending St Mary’s School. He  [ Read More ]

Death of Jack de Bazin

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Sadly, Jack de Bazin died on Friday 18th September. Jack and his wife Ngaire lived in Rayner Road for years and were at the hub of community life. Jack was a founding member and the third “sub-officer” of the Piha volunteer fire service. “Sub officer” was the name given to the Chief of the Piha  [ Read More ]

Marc Mateo farewelled in Domain

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A large crowd gathered in the Domain on Friday 19 June to farewell local man Marc Anthony Mateo who died accidentally the previous weekend. Eldest son of Bev, partner of Debalina Rose, father of Tiger, and brother of Phillip, Rachel, Todd and Emily. Marc was a talented cinematographer and a large number of friends and  [ Read More ]

Categories: news, The dear departed

New roof keeps heritage

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The women’s ablution block at North Piha Campers Club is sporting a bright new Marseilles tile roof. The old tiles were leaking, and the Campers Club, which runs the membership only campground, was asked by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board (managers of Les Waygood Park), whether it wanted a new long-run steel roof or a replacement Marseilles tile  [ Read More ]

Categories: Holiday mecca, news

Ted Browne and the Browne family

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Ted and Stella Browne were the second proprietors of the Piha Boarding House. Edward “Ted” Christmas Browne was born to Simon and Gertrude Browne on 25 December 1888 at Port Albert. The family was part of the Albertland settlement and Ted attended Port Albert Public School. Ted was a grocer in Okaha, Dargaville when he enlisted for WW1  [ Read More ]

Three sets of twins represent Piha SLSC

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The latest Western Leader has a great photo of three sets of under-14 twins representing Piha SLSC at this weekend’s pool champs at West Wave. They are from the Thompson, Brittenden and Blackler families. Go here to read http://westernleader.realviewdigital.com/?email-analytics=Western%20Leader

Categories: news, Surf clubs, Uncategorized

Four Browne brothers die in WW1 – the Piha connection

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As part of the Herald series of articles about WW1, the story was told of the four Browne brothers who died in WW1. All four died within a two year period. A fifth brother, Edward or ‘Ted’, also served but came home safely. Ted became the proprietor of the Piha boarding house in 1936 and ran  [ Read More ]

Categories: news, WW1 soldiers

The Fire Sirens of Piha

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Under the witty caption “The fire sirens of Piha beach”, journalist Mark Scott (himself a local with a bach in Rayner Road) profiled Piha’s female fire crew in about the late 1970s (my cutting has lost its date). Jane Caley in the photo below identifies the women as from left: Probably Sue Robertson or Robson; Naomi Smythe  [ Read More ]

Categories: Heritage news, news

An astonishing rescue at Karekare

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In 1935, not long after the Piha surf club was established, a young nurse called Hazel Bentham got into trouble while swimming with a lilo at neighbouring Karekare beach. Pulled far out to sea by a rip, she clung to her lilo while frantic attempts to reach her were made by the Piha life savers, who  [ Read More ]