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  • Body recovered at Piha believed to be missing swimmer

    A body recovered at Piha is believed to be that of missing man Leka Pasiaka who went missing while swimming at Whatipu on 29 December 2018. Pasiaka was swimming with his sister when pulled out to sea. His sister managed to get into shore and was treated at Waitakere Hospital. Searches by helicopter, coastguard and  [ Read More ]

  • Two die at Muriwai

    Two people – a man and a woman – have died after being swept off the rocks at Muriwai beach. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12089957        

  • Pest Free Piha Strategic Plan out for consultation

    Pest Free Piha is a new initiative to get Piha pest free by 2025. That means no animal pests – rats, possums, stoats, pigs – and no plant pests. The project aims to get Piha involved, street by street. PFP have just released a Pest Free Piha Strategic Plan 2018-2025. Pest Free Piha Plan 2018-2025  [ Read More ]

  • Piha arsonist sentenced to prison

    On April 6, Justice Mary Peters in the Auckland High Court sentenced Cory Marson-Wood to three years in prison for fires that caused serious damage at Piha and a fire at the Viaduct Events Centre when 900 people were inside. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12027265

  • Heidi Padain’s photography celebrated at Arataki

    The “Friends of the Forest” exhibition of photographs by Piha-based photographer Heidi Padain opened last night at Arataki Visitor Centre (16 February 2018). A good crowd of lovers of the Waitakeres gathered to admire the selection of intimate photographs of birds taken by Padain. Formidable tui, plump kereru and cute little smaller birds were shown  [ Read More ]

  • Two people die in flash flood in Waitakeres

    Two people from a group of five have died while crossing a stream at Cascades Kauri on 3 February 2018. The group was caught in a flash flood after a heavy down power on the afternoon of 3 February 2018. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11987676 A subsequent update about the drownings https://nz.news.yahoo.com/flash-flood-deaths-awful-tragedy-police-230830169–spt.html    

  • Flooding in Piha

    A torrent of rain over a very short period caused sudden flooding of the Piha Stream today (3 February 2018). The rain poured out of the hills causing a flood of brown silted water to run down the Marawhara and Wekatahi at North Piha and the Piha Stream. At Piha the Piha Mill Camp and  [ 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 agreed to put in place: a Controlled Area Notice for kauri dieback a National Pest Management Plan a Strategic Science Advisory Group. “These new measures  [ 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 on a rare Northern Dotterel by a local dog. A dotterel pair as nested on the beach between the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams for the  [ Read More ]

  • Track closures follow report on kauri killer disease

    On 5 December Te Kawerau a Maki attended a meeting of the Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee to inform the committee it had placed a rahui over the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which would prevent people from entering it, in the hope of allowing the kauri in the forest to heal. A recent report  [ Read More ]