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  • Kitekite – is it the sacrificial track?

    On 20 November Cllr Penny Hulse, chair of the Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee announced publicly that Kitekite Track will reopen before Christmas.  Many will have applauded that move, with the opportunity to get back into the forested part of the Waitakere Ranges and the boost to local businesses. But there is a downside  [ Read More ]

  • New interp at Piha

    Waitakere Ranges Local Board has just renewed the wooden surf board signs that were installed at three places at Piha about 10 years ago. The signs were out of date and worn, but the style was popular. Paradigm, the firm which designed the original signs which brought back in for the update. Now the signs  [ Read More ]

  • Fire put out at Karekare with floating pump

    A fire at Tunnel Point, Karekare, was put out by 9 pm with the use of a portable floating pump. Fire crews attended from Waiatarua, Karekare and Piha. https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/109827571/firefighters-having-difficulty-locating-blaze-in-aucklands-waitkere-ranges 9 January 2019

  • 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 ]