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  • Daughters for the return home

    Mischa Davis, surfer extraordinaire, and sometime bar girl in surf club, has come home from Europe to Piha and shares her reaction, in beautiful prose. Welcome home Mischa, and keep writing, and surfing. http://mischamermaid.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/te-hokianga-mai-the-return-home/

  • 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 it in the swale by the Domain entrance, it looked as if it was confined to that area. But Biosecurity report that it was right  [ Read More ]

  • Surfing tourism – good for business, but watch for the dark side

    Here’s an interesting article about surfing tourism, what it can add to local economies, and where it can all go bad.  Piha has its share of surfing events, and since the 1950s, it’s been sought out as providing surf breaks close to the metropolitan centre. Surfers from other parts of New Zealand, and from overseas,  [ Read More ]

  • Seal pup saved …or was he?

    After a local found an exhausted and maybe sick seal pup on North Piha, DOC was called. They declared it not a good idea to take the pup away, so relocated it to the northern end of North Piha which is “dog free” to enable the pup to recover in peace and leave the beach.  [ Read More ]

  • Out’a’luck with sports awards

    Sad to report not one of our fabulous sports people and administrators struck gold at last Friday’s Waitakere Sport Awards. Never mind, we all think you are winners!

  • Piha Election Voting

    Paula Bennett was successful at the polls for the Waitakere seat heading off a spirited campaign by Carmel Sepuloni. Here’s the results taken at the Piha Polling Booth at Barnett Hall. Piha Candidate Vote Carmel Sepuloni 187 Paula Bennett 152 Steve Tollestrup 80 Sue Bradford 10 Piha Party Vote  Green Party 160 National Party 147  [ Read More ]

  • That pesky vetch

    I’ve noticed that rapidly growing weed pest, vetch, spreading around Piha. Spotted it in Beach Valley Rd and Rayner Rd. You can pull out a small infestation and keep pulling out any regrowth, but dispose of it carefully if it is at the seed stage. Alternatively, carefully spray with Glyphosate (Round-Up).

  • Elliot Paerata-Reid up for Sports Awards

    As well as a number of Piha Surf Life Saving sportspeople and administrators up for awards in next Friday’s Unitec Sporting Excellence Koru Awards, young Piha surfer Elliot Paerata-Reid is up for two. Marac/West City Holden Junior Sportsman of the Year, and He Oranga Poutama Maori Achievement in Sport  http://www.sportwaitakere.co.nz/projects/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=Middle/focusModuleID=5996/overideSkinName=featureproject-full.tpl

  • Tasman Lookout fire quickly put out

    Relaxing in the RSA on Friday 11 November when the fire siren went off. A few minutes later the Piha fire truck went racing down Beach Valley Road which usually means only one thing – fire on Tasman Lookout. The 111 call was made at 20 past 9, and fireworks are suspected as people were  [ Read More ]

  • Heritage surfing at Piha 1976

    In 1976 the Amco/Hauraki (Blast from the Past!) National Surfing Champs were held at Piha. Much of it was filmed and this YouTube clip shows you some of the best competition. What’s noticeable is the hair – mostly long – the clothing, including kaftans! – and a style of surfing that is clean, elemental, and largely lacking  [ Read More ]