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  • New waste service coming to Piha

    The waste collection is changing all over Auckland in the next few months. In Piha people can either continue with the orange bags as usual or move to using a bin. The bin to use is the old blue bin we had for recycling. If you want to use the bin, you must attach a tag  [ Read More ]

  • Accused pleads not guilty to Piha fires

    Cory Marson-Wood appeared in the Auckland High Court this week pleading not guilty to fires that destroyed the takeaway on Marine Parade North, fires at The Gap and Tasman Lookout, and other charges. He has elected trial by jury which is set down for March 2018. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/06/piha-arson-accused-pleads-not-guilty.html#.WWalo-TGXEw.email

  • Auckland Council consulting on Taitomo Concept Plan

    In December 2016 Auckland Council published a draft concept plan for The Gap at Piha consultation and as a result received submissions from 9 community groups and 75 individuals.  There was a general response that submitters wanted to see more about restoration of the environment, more about reducing the fire risk and less about recreation and new tracks until  [ Read More ]

  • Sand dune to be topped

    At the request of the Piha surf club, the Parks Department of Auckland Council will be taking the top off the dune in front of the surf club during the winter. The surf club has said that the growth in height of the dune is obscuring their view of the rip around Lion Rock from  [ Read More ]

  • Woman missing at Piha

    The car of woman who told friends she was going for a run at Piha has been found at Log Race Road, but the woman, Kim Bambus,  is still missing. A full search and rescue operation is underway. Update: 26/3 http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-2-%E2%80%93-police-search-missing-auckland-woman-kim-bambus http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11825488

  • Body washed up at Muriwai

    A body was found on Muriwai beach by a member of the public on Wednesday afternoon (21/12). It is thought to be the body of the 24-year-old Congolese man who disappeared while swimming at Piha several days ago. The body is yet to be identified. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2016/12/body-washes-up-at-auckland-west-coast-beach.html

  • Kauri Rescue Project awarded National Science Challenge funding

    A new project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups has gained two-year funding from the Government’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/ one of only six successful projects out of 111 applications. Their exciting new project Kauri RescueTM otherwise known as the Community Control of Kauri Dieback: Tiaki mō Kauri seeks to  [ Read More ]

  • Nesting dotterels need protection at North Piha

    Auckland Council is moving to protect nesting dotterels in the dunes between the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams. This is the first time for many years that dotterels have nested at Piha: there are thought to be only about 5 breeding pairs on the coast, at Te Henga and Whatipu. The Council will be taping off  [ Read More ]

  • Swimmer missing at Piha

    A swimming went missing near Lion Rock about 6 pm last and despite extensive searching by lifeguards in IRBs and rescue helicopters, has not been found. Fixed wing planes and people on the ground are searching again Sunday. Another person with the missing man was rescued and treated. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11769060 Second report http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/87685938/emergency-services-rush-to-find-missing-piha-swimmer

  • Fireworks threaten bush – John Key refuses Fireworks action

    Waitakere Ranges communities are again facing the very real threat of bush fires, property damage and possible fatalities as Guy Fawkes and summer heat looms. Community organisations and firefighters throughout the Ranges say that every year bush fires threaten people and property, destroy hectares of native bush and threaten protected native animals and plants because  [ Read More ]