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  • Lily Pond control under way

    After testing spraying in the Claude Abel Lily Pond, Parks has started to control the invasive Mexican water lily in the pond. The test spraying showed no residue of glyphosate, but the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels did come back slightly lower than when tested before the treatment. However, because of the naturally rotting Mexican water  [ Read More ]

  • Loans for new septic tanks

    At next Thursday’s Governing Body meeting, councillors will be voting on a proposal to pilot Retrofit loans to replace old septic tanks. This is part of the action plan to clean up West Coast lagoons by fixing on-site septic tanks that are polluting our lagoons. http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2015/12/GB_20151217_AGN_5798_AT.PDF

  • Maori names restored to West Coast landmarks

    As part of the Te Kawerau a Maki Claims Settlement Act 2015, the New Zealand Geographic Board has restored the traditional names to parts of the West Coast and wider Waitakere. Three new names have been given and 14 geographic names have been altered, usually by adding the Maori name to existing English names. Most are listed  [ Read More ]

  • Seaview Road consultation

    Auckland Transport is consulting on a proposal to install timber barriers along the south side of Seaview Road between the end of the existing barriers and the Domain gate. This has been requested by the Piha Residents and Ratepayers Association because parked cars are forcing pedestrians to walk on the road. CONSULTATION LETTER – Seaview  [ Read More ]

  • Auckland Transport consults on road design in Heritage Area

    Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Transport Guidelines Sept15 (no comments … Auckland Transport is consulting on Design Guidelines for roads in the Heritage Area. The message from Auckland Transport is: Good afternoon,  Please review the attached guidance document, to be adopted and adhered to by Auckland Transport (AT) when carrying out road corridor design and management  [ Read More ]

  • New rubbish bins and eel sign in place

    Rubbish bins to replace the old pipe bins were installed in parks throughout Piha in time for Labour Day weekend. With grey-green metal and wooden sides, the bins fit in well to the natural environment of Piha and will weather with age. Also in place, is a new sign to replace one vandalised by the  [ Read More ]

  • Sell-out Labour Day Market brings the crowds

    Everything edible had disappeared by 2.30 and stall holders were counting their cash. A great day at Piha market and a boost to groups’ funds.

  • Open Studios Waitakere 2015

    From 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November, artists throughout the Waitakeres will have their studios open for visitors. See artists at work and stock up on Christmas presents. With over 60 artists and 40 studios from Huia to Henderson Valley to Te Henga, there is a lot to see.  [ Read More ]

  • Death of Jack de Bazin

    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 ]

  • Pup from pound becomes kauri dieback super-sleuth

    On this week’s Purina pound pups to dog stars on TV1 was the heart-warming story about Paddy, a gorgeous golden lab that had been starved, beaten and confined, before being rescued and taken to SPCA. Highly aggressive around food, Paddy was faced with euthanasia, but was rescued by dog whisperer, Mark. With a hyper-sensitive nose,  [ Read More ]