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  • Auckland Council consulting on Taitomo Concept Plan

    In December 2016 Auckland Council published a draft concept plan for The Gap at Piha consultation and as a result received submissions from 9 community groups and 75 individuals.  There was a general response that submitters wanted to see more about restoration of the environment, more about reducing the fire risk and less about recreation and new tracks until  [ Read More ]

  • Sand dune to be topped

    At the request of the Piha surf club, the Parks Department of Auckland Council will be taking the top off the dune in front of the surf club during the winter. The surf club has said that the growth in height of the dune is obscuring their view of the rip around Lion Rock from  [ Read More ]

  • Woman missing at Piha

    The car of woman who told friends she was going for a run at Piha has been found at Log Race Road, but the woman, Kim Bambus,  is still missing. A full search and rescue operation is underway. Update: 26/3 http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-2-%E2%80%93-police-search-missing-auckland-woman-kim-bambus http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11825488

  • Body washed up at Muriwai

    A body was found on Muriwai beach by a member of the public on Wednesday afternoon (21/12). It is thought to be the body of the 24-year-old Congolese man who disappeared while swimming at Piha several days ago. The body is yet to be identified. http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2016/12/body-washes-up-at-auckland-west-coast-beach.html

  • 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 projects out of 111 applications. Their exciting new project Kauri RescueTM otherwise known as the Community Control of Kauri Dieback: Tiaki m Kauri seeks to  [ 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 Piha: there are thought to be only about 5 breeding pairs on the coast, at Te Henga and Whatipu. The Council will be taping off  [ Read More ]

  • Swimmer missing at Piha

    A swimming went missing near Lion Rock about 6 pm last and despite extensive searching by lifeguards in IRBs and rescue helicopters, has not been found. Fixed wing planes and people on the ground are searching again Sunday. Another person with the missing man was rescued and treated. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11769060 Second report http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/87685938/emergency-services-rush-to-find-missing-piha-swimmer

  • Fireworks threaten bush – John Key refuses Fireworks action

    Waitakere Ranges communities are again facing the very real threat of bush fires, property damage and possible fatalities as Guy Fawkes and summer heat looms. Community organisations and firefighters throughout the Ranges say that every year bush fires threaten people and property, destroy hectares of native bush and threaten protected native animals and plants because  [ Read More ]

  • Child dies in accident at North Piha

    A 5-year-old boy went missing at Piha in the late afternoon of 22 October 2016. It was reported that he was seen in the sand-dunes and on the track to Whites Beach. He was subsequently found about 9 pm dead on the rocks at North Piha, but not from drowning. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/85651319/coroner-to-examine-death-of-fiveyearold-at-aucklands-piha-beach Follow up story about the boy Savva Lopoukhine  [ Read More ]

  • Wooden rails extend safe walking

    Auckland Transport has recently extended the roadside wooden rails along Seaview Road to the Domain entrance. This means the whole stretch of road from just below the library to Little Lion Rock conrer is safe for pedestrians and parking is excluded. This was the original intention of the safe walking project but for some reason  [ Read More ]