Once milled ferociously for its kauri, rimu and kahikatea. Now the scars are healed and the kauri rikkers poke their conical heads above puriri, mamaku and nikau. Houses nestle among pohutukawa,bright with crimsom blossoms in summer. Cool streams – the Marawhara, Wekatahi, Piha, Glen Esk – draped with ferns, flax and toitoi. Te Kawerau a Maki lived here, prospering on tuna, shellfish, kereru and gardens at the end of Garden Road.