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Graeme Murdoch brief history of West Coast

This document was prepared by Graeme Murdoch to describe the Human Heritage of the Bethells/Te Henga area in preparation for a Local Area Plan for that area. While it is primarily focused on that area, much of this history is relevant to the Piha area. backgroundrpt-part2-humanheritage

Cultural Heritage Inventory entries for Piha

The Cultural heritage Inventory or CHI is a database of known historic and archaeological sites throughout the Auckland Region. It was developed under the Auckland Regional Council and is now managed by the Auckland Council. Items on the CHI are not necessarily protected, that would occur if they are included in schedules on District Plans  [ Read More ]

The story of the Tolu Vaa

In 1963, a trimaran called Tolu Vaa, sailing along the West Coast and with darkness falling, ran for shelter at Piha. With the help of the surf club, which saw the drama unfolding, the Tolu Vaa was successfully beached, all sails hoisted. At that time, a trimaran was a thing of novelty and everyone at Piha  [ Read More ]

The Domain macrocarpas

  There was consternation when Waitakere City Council announced it was about to fell one of the two remaining – of an original three – macrocarpas near the Bowling Club, on the grounds that it was diseased. On questioning it seems that Waitakere City Council had overlooked that the trees are on its District Plan  [ Read More ]

Into the West

Into the West: a goldmine of information about the early settlers of the West Piha resident, Jan Barnes, is a descendant of two of the oldest families to settle in the Waitakere Ranges. Edward Lovett, a shoe manufacturer from Leicestershire, and Sarah Usher farmed Edward’s Crown Grant in the upper Karekare Valley from1862. Their old  [ Read More ]