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  • Testing the Waters workshop discusses West Coast lagoons

    Community stakeholders met with Auckland Council regional stormwater team at Arataki Visitor Centre today to discuss action in cleaning up contaminated West Coast lagoons. Manager Phil Brown explained that on amalgamation Council “dropped the ball” on this issue, but there are now nine parts of Council working collaboratively on solutions. The missing part was partnering with  [ Read More ]

  • Karekare pohutukawa threatened for the chop

    An iconic pohutukawa hanging over Karekare Road is being investigated by Auckland Transport for removal. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board last night (13 August) passed resolutions opposing any action on the tree and have written to the AT Board chair Lester Levy asking him to intervene to save the tree. The tree is at risk  [ Read More ]

  • Have your say on new dog rules

    The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is proposing new dog rules for Piha. Currently Piha has very complex rules. Regional parks rules prohibit dogs south of Pakiti Rock (The Gap), north of the caves at the end of North Piha and around Lion Rock. Dogs are prohibited on Piha beach during daylight saving and on a  [ Read More ]

  • Final plant completes job in Domain

    Twelve people quickly dealt with the remaining 400 plants in the Piha Domain on Saturday 27 June. The project, organised by Local Parks West for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board involved planting the banks of the Piha Stream and the swale by the gate with suitable riparian plants, especially oioi and taupata – coprosma repens.  [ Read More ]

  • Old pohutukawa loses limb to truck

    One of Piha’s most prominent pohutukawa lost a limb on the morning of Wednesday 24 June when a truck struck it with such force a limb was severed. The Piha Volunteer Fire Brigade was called out and arborists were brought in to removed the damaged limb. This is the third large branch that have been  [ Read More ]

  • Guardrail proposal at lookout dumped

    The controversial proposal for a guardrail before the lookout on Piha Road (near 101 Piha Road), has ended with Auckland Transport not going ahead. The proposal was opposed by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Piha Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association. Both were concerned about the impact on the scenic values of the site. Subsequent to public consultation, Auckland  [ Read More ]

  • Marc Mateo farewelled in Domain

    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 ]

  • New roof keeps heritage

    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 ]

  • Third planting creates wetland at Domain gate

    Around 14 people turned up to today’s wetland plant by the Domain gate, despite the gusty squally weather. The area was a wetland in the 1930s and 40s, flooded on high tides, and full of big flax. It has been successively reclaimed from the sea, but is still inundated in high tides. It is also  [ Read More ]

  • 20 attend second Domain planting

    Twenty locals attended on Saturday 30 May to the second Domain riparian planting. Oioi and knobby club rush were among the plants that went in on the banks of the Piha Stream. About 800 plants went in, bringing to over 2000 the plantings.  The project is an effort to improve the stability of the stream  [ Read More ]