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Piha community members turned out on Saturday to the Old Piha Schoolhouse, to make patties that are a tool in restoring land that was damaged in landslides during Cyclone Gabrielle.  [ Read More ]

Piha group funded to tackle rats after Cyclone

Pest Free Piha has received a small grant from Predator Free New Zealand to tackle rats in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle. There has been an upsurge in rat numbers  [ Read More ]

New Measures to help control kauri dieback spread

Three measures that will strengthen efforts to save kauri trees from dieback disease were agreed by the Kauri Dieback Governance Group when they met yesterday (29 January 2018). It was  [ Read More ]

Northern dotterel chick killed by dog on N Piha beach

Dotterel on North Piha beach – note tyre marks, another hazard Today (22 January) Ben Paris of Auckland Council biodiversity team was interviewed on Radio NZ about the recent attrack  [ Read More ]

Kauri Rescue Project awarded National Science Challenge funding

A new project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups has gained two-year funding from the Government’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/ one of only six successful  [ Read More ]

Nesting dotterels need protection at North Piha

Auckland Council is moving to protect nesting dotterels in the dunes between the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams. This is the first time for many years that dotterels have nested at  [ Read More ]

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,  [ Read More ]

Weeding bee tackles climbing asparagus

About 20 keen weeders turned up with trowels, spades, loppers and niwashi to tackle a veritable field of climbing asparagus at the top of the old dune overlooking the Bowler  [ Read More ]

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  [ 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  [ 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  [ 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  [ Read More ]

Over 1000 plants in an hour

Well done to the team that gathered on the bank of Piha Stream behind the Bowling Club to plant up streamside. The group of 25 who responded to the call  [ Read More ]

Streamside planting in Piha Stream

The Auckland Council Local Parks Department and Waitakere Ranges Local Board have set up a programme of riparian edge planting around Piha Domain. This will help stop stream bank erosion  [ Read More ]

Ecomatters at Piha lagoon

Dan and colleagues from Ecomatters Trust had a steady stream of visitors to their pop-ups on the edge of the lagoon. They were talking to locals and offering free assessments  [ Read More ]

Action on polluted Piha lagoons

At the Piha R&R AGM, Damon Birchfield of the Ecomatters Trust outlined to the meeting a programme the trust is contracted to Auckland Council to deliver. An experienced expert will  [ Read More ]

Lupin pulling on dunes

A small crew turned up today (Sunday) to pull lupins in an effort to make the dunes lupin free. Plants were either hand pulled, or cut off and the stump  [ Read More ]

Lupin removal for mid-beach

Piha locals are invited to two sessions to remove lupins from the stretch of beach at mid-Beach north of the helicopter landing pad. Organised by the Parks staff for the Waitakere  [ Read More ]

Government pledges $26.5m over 4 years for kauri

In the recent budget, the Government pledged over $26 million for protection of kauri forests and research. With kauri PTA recently found in the Coromandel forests for the first time,  [ Read More ]

Reserves Restoration Plan adopted by Local Board

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board adopted the Piha Reserves Restoration Plan at its meeting on 8 May. The Plan, developed by Wildlands Consultants covered the reserves fronting North Piha Beach  [ Read More ]

Wasp menace in the Waitakeres

Posted 24 April 2014 Questions have been asked lately about what the Auckland Council is doing about the increase in wasps people are noting around Piha and the Waitakeres in  [ Read More ]

Waitakere Ranges Local Board guides walk to Kauri Die back areas

Waitakere Ranges Local Board today (5 April 2014) led a successful walk along the Maungaroa Ridge Track, where the first unusual symptoms on kauri trees were seen by a Piha  [ Read More ]

Action on polluted West Coast lagoons

Poorly managed or maintained septic tanks are being blamed for high levels of E coli recorded in lagoons at Piha and Karekare. The waterways have been regularly declared unsafe for  [ Read More ]

Protests against oil drilling in the Tasman Sea

Around a thousand gathered on Piha Beach on 23 November in the Banners on the Beach protest against deep sea oil drilling. When the crowd lined up facing out to  [ Read More ]

Rabbit bait stations at North Piha

Local and Sports Parks West is warning people that it has four bait stations for rabbits in Les Waygood Park, along the seaward edge of the karo forest (see map  [ Read More ]

Surf breaks under threat

Good article in the New Zealand Herald Thursday 15 about consents given to undertake works at nationally significant surf breaks that may harm them. Al Gillespie, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and  [ Read More ]

New rules for SEAs?

The Auckland Council is considering new rules for Significant Ecological Areas after concerns raised by residents with SEAs on their properties. These are: Dead vegetation – Permit all removal of  [ Read More ]

Phil Twyford walking for kauri

Caught up with Phil Twyford, Labour MP for Te Atatu, at the Piha Surf Club today (17 January). Phil is walking the Hillary Trail to highlight the disease kauri PTA which  [ Read More ]

Piha Pohutukawa safe!!!

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board voted tonight (29 November) to adopt the option of removal of a few bollards and a speed hump to save Piha Pohutukawa. For this option  [ Read More ]

Big wet moves the Marawhara

Big rain last night – 18 mm since midnight – has pushed the Marawhara close to the Wekatahi. The two streams were mechanically separated only a few months ago after they  [ Read More ]

Waste minimisation at Piha

For the last few months, the Auckland Council has been consulting on a plan for reducing waste through the Auckland region. Many submissions were received and a committee heard these  [ Read More ]

Possum blitz in parkland at Piha-Anawhata-Bethells

The annual Waitakere Ranges possum monitoring programme was completed in January, with very pleasing results. Most of the Waitakere Ranges is still maintaining possum indices below the treatment threshold of  [ Read More ]

Removal of one limb from Beach Valley Road pohutukawa

Parks are planning on trimming one limb from a Pohutukawa outside 28-30 Beach Valley Road.  This limb is being removed due to a number of reported incidents where vehicles have  [ Read More ]

Marawhara-Wekatahi Update

Friday 10 February 2012 Earlier in the summer, various local groups met with Parks West and the Local Board to discuss whether any action should be taken on the joined  [ Read More ]

Beach Valley Road pohutukawa is to lose a branch

Auckland Council Parks Department and Auckland Transport have decided to remove the limb of the pohutukawa in Beach Valley Road that is below the height threshhold for the road. A  [ Read More ]

Domain Alligator Weed to be sprayed

Auckland Council has been treating Alligator Weed in the Marawhara, Wekatahi, and Lily Pond over the winter. Now this awful weed has turned up in the Domain. When I reported  [ Read More ]

Photo of the week

Last of the clematis, Piha Road, 30 October 2011

Vetch spreading around Piha

Lots of beachfront owners are being troubled by the appearance of a scrambling sweet-pea like weed smotherings their gardens. It is also well entrenched on the dunes of North Piha,  [ Read More ]

1611 food wrappers and 462 cigarette butts and more – cleaning up Piha beach

Sustainable Coatslines 17 September clean up of Piha beach resulted in 317 kgs of rubbish and 9910 items. Organisers say the turn-out was great, with some visitors coming all the way  [ Read More ]

Plans for dune work available

11-06-29 Information Flyer – Marine Parade Sth Dune and Walkway Maintenance

Roadside trees in Piha in need of protection

Some roadside Pohutukawa trees in Garden Road took a battering recently when a truck moving building materials smashed its way through. Concerned residents who complained to the Auckland Council were told by  [ Read More ]

Rules for groups of trees in urban areas OK says Judge Jackson.

Judge Jackson in the Environment Court has supported general tree rules for areas of trees or groups of trees in urban areas such as those at Titirangi and the pohutukawa  [ Read More ]

Tackle weeds at Piha

With a few of the nasties flowering and seeding, it’s a good time to deal to weeds on your property or road frontage. Cotoneaster is currently smothered in bright red  [ Read More ]

Beetles to the rescue

This is not exactly a Piha story but something I was involved in today 25 March that could be of great benefit to Piha where tradescantia is extremely common in  [ Read More ]

Pohutukawa cut and damaged in house moving

Auckland Council will be undertaking remedial tree pruning outside the following addresses on Piha Rd and Seaview Rd tomorrow (Friday 25 March 2011):  28 Piha Rd 17 Piha Rd 63 Seaview  [ Read More ]

Terrible weed enlarging its grip at Piha

If you have wondered about the showy red climber on both sides of Seaview Road at the Pendrell Road intersection it is a very bad weed called Climbing dock or  [ Read More ]

A rare native visitor

Last week I reported on a wander round Piha and one of the things I wondered about was what looked like a very aggressive climbing weed in Glen Esk Road,  [ Read More ]

Alligator weed at Piha

Over Christmas noticed Alligator Weed in Garden Road at the Lily Pond. This is a particularly terrible “world’s worst” aquatic weed that flourishes in NZ climate, clogs waterways and spreads easily.  [ Read More ]

Kokako in Ark heading our way?

I must say I was more than a little anxious about the fate of the Kokako released in 2009 into the Ark in the Park area of the Cascades. That  [ Read More ]

Nominating trees for scheduling

I have been asked if individuals and groups can nominate significant trees for scheduling directly to the Auckland Council of the Local Board does not want to take nominations. The  [ Read More ]

Rainfall at Piha and other wonderful things

I have been using the Auckland Council’s GIS maps for the last couple of years, which is being enhanced all the time. And, hey, check this out! Here’s the link  [ Read More ]

Origins of dumped sand?

Seven truckloads of sand were dumped on the roadside at the far southern end of Piha beach, and Auckland Council would like to know who did it. Meanwhile another two loads  [ Read More ]

New sewerage system under construction

All that black plastic tubing and green tanks in the Domain are signs of the new sewerage system under construction. The system replaces the old (though really not so old, but  [ Read More ]

Flax yellow leaf virus

About 6 years ago, some of our phormium tenax (large flax) started to go yellow and over a period the mature plants died. At that time, Jack Craw, Biosecurity Manager  [ Read More ]

Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams – should they bother to separate?

The Auckland Council has postponed planned works on North Piha Beach to separate the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams. About 5 years ago the Marawhara pushed southwards to join the Wekatahi,  [ Read More ]

Working on improving on-site wastewater

For some years Waitakere City Council has been working with local communities to improve the quality of their waterways by upgrading and finding new technologies for on-site wastewater systems. Piha  [ Read More ]