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Progress on bush regeneration project at Piha

Hot day today, but went and inspected how our bush regeneration is getting on. People at Piha 20 years ago will recall the fires in 1994 and 1996 that ripped through the parkland at Tasman lookout and The Gap, and the Byers and my family’s property. Since then, my family has been controlling gorse and  [ Read More ]

Tasman Lookout fire quickly put out

Relaxing in the RSA on Friday 11 November when the fire siren went off. A few minutes later the Piha fire truck went racing down Beach Valley Road which usually means only one thing – fire on Tasman Lookout. The 111 call was made at 20 past 9, and fireworks are suspected as people were  [ Read More ]

The Pearce bush regeneration project – background

Bush regeneration project after fire Since 1994 a major bush regeneration project has been occurring on my family property, the Pearce property. A disastrous fire in February 1994 destroyed seven hectares of bush. The fire spread up from ARC land on the Tasman Lookout Track onto the Byers and Pearce land. It took too long  [ Read More ]

Gear I wear to work on our bush project

Thought I’d share my weird gear for tackling the gorse on our bush project. Here I am on 4 December 2010 heading off in ridiculous heat to have a go at the gorse. Thick vinyl pants are necessary to deflect gorse prickles but are like a sauna inside. I come back not just dripping but  [ Read More ]