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Second stage of consultation at Piha Mill Camp

Have your say on the concept plan for Piha Mill Camp at the camp, Saturday 3 August 1-3 pm A5_Flyer_Saturday 3rd Aug

Piha Tramway model engine at Arataki

At the AGM of Friends of Arataki yesterday, and had a quick look around the Visitor Centre. Spotted this model of Sandfly, the engine that took sawn timber from the Piha Mill to the Whatipu wharf. It ran on an elevated trestle line around the cliffs, bracing the torrents of flying sand and smashing surf.  [ Read More ]

Mona Farndon 1914-2011

Mona Evelyn (Lisa) Farndon died on 18 August at the Everill Orr Hospital, aged 97. Born at Mt Eden on 25 May 1914, Mona had the longest history of Piha of anyone. She was born while her father, Jack Shaw, worked at the Piha sawmill and her early childhood was spent at the Shaws’ mill house in the  [ Read More ]

Men of Lion Rock

For the past 13 years, Sandra Coney has been researching the lives for the 49 men on the WW1 Roll of Honour of Lion Rock. This commemorates the millhands and bushmen from the Piha State Sawmill who served over 1914-18. Recently, the project was written up in the Labour History Project newsletter Number 52, and  [ Read More ]

Work on Roll of Honour complete

 Conservation and cleaning work has been completed on Piha’s WW1 Roll of Honour. The lead lettering has been checked and loose letters batted back. One coat of efflorescent paultice worked well and has drawn out a lot of salt. and the copper staining has been removed with a copper paultice. The worst of the corrosion has  [ Read More ]

Kitekite Falls

The Kitekite Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges with six drops into a large lake-like pool at the bottom. The falls are reached by walking tracks at the end of Glen Esk Road. The usual route is to take the Kitekite Track by the large kauri stump which takes  [ Read More ]

Conserving Piha’s Roll of Honour

You may have noticed that our loved WW1 Roll of Honour on Lion Rock has taken on an odd appearance. The Auckland Council is undertaking restoration work on the WW1 Plaque situated on Lion Rock at Piha. The works started 21 June 2011, taking advantage of the fine weather, and may take 2 -3 weeks to complete.  Due to  [ Read More ]

Roll of Honour cleaned for Anzac Day

The WW1 Roll of Honour on Lion Rock has had a clean to enable the lettering to be legible. The Auckland Council brought in a conservation expert to advise on whether the visibility of the wording could be improved without damaging the plaque. The plaque is exposed to severe conditions being subject to salt, sand,  [ Read More ]

Piha Mill puriri

In August 2007 a huge storm swept a torrent of water down the Piha and Kitekite Streams, overflowing their banks, and the winds howled. An old puriri, which for hundreds of years had stood in the flat land at the head of the Piha Valley succombed to the elements and toppled over. The sturdy tree was overweighted  [ Read More ]

Mr Knutzen’s modernist house – architectural myths born at Piha

In 2008 I was contacted by Robin Skinner, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Victoria University, to ask about a photo I had used in my book Piha: A History in Images, published in 1997. Little did I know that the image of Hans Peter Knutzen, manager of the Piha Mill, photographed sitting on the front  [ Read More ]