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  • 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 ]

  • Farewell to Jack Kingston 1918-2017

    Jack Kingston was one of Piha’s oldest and longest dwelling residents, when he died on 9 November 2017 aged 99 years. He has been at Piha so long, the corner of the road by his driveway is known locally as “Kingstons’ corner”. A very community-minded man, he was also a thorough going gentleman and  will be very sadly  [ Read More ]

  • Party vote results from Piha booth

    Elections results for the party vote at Piha have been released. In the 1914 the Greens made the most votes at Barnett Hall, 192 of the 464 total votes cast. This year the Greens were third, behind Labour and National. At 331, total votes were also down, probably a result of early voting depleting the  [ Read More ]

  • New waste service coming to Piha

    The waste collection is changing all over Auckland in the next few months. In Piha people can either continue with the orange bags as usual or move to using a bin. The bin to use is the old blue bin we had for recycling. If you want to use the bin, you must attach a tag  [ Read More ]

  • Accused pleads not guilty to Piha fires

    Cory Marson-Wood appeared in the Auckland High Court this week pleading not guilty to fires that destroyed the takeaway on Marine Parade North, fires at The Gap and Tasman Lookout, and other charges. He has elected trial by jury which is set down for March 2018. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/06/piha-arson-accused-pleads-not-guilty.html#.WWalo-TGXEw.email