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  • 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 ]

  • Bob (Neville) John McNeil 1935 – 2016

    The death occurred on 11 June 2016 of Bob NcNeil and he was farewelled at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Avondale on Thursday 17 June. Bob was a West Auckland boy through and through. Though born at Coromandel, he came to Avondale as a child and grew up there, attending St Mary’s School. He  [ Read More ]

  • Piha and United lifeguards win awards for rescue

    Posted by SLSNZ Media on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 Surf Lifeguards were among the recipients of the prestigious New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council Awards in Wellington tonight. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements in Search and Rescue nationwide. Jackson Smith (Red Beach), Duncan Clarke (Piha), Nicholas Tomkins (Orewa), Leilani  [ Read More ]

  • New recycle bins for Piha

    New larger recycle bins are being delivered throughout Waitakere over the next month. These will replace the older smaller recycle bins. Residents will be notified what to do with the old bins in due course. New recycling starts from 1 July. At that time you can include paper and cardboard in your new bins along  [ Read More ]

  • Young man dies at Kitekite Falls

    A young visitor has died after falling while climbing Kitekite Falls at Piha. The Herald report is here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11625227

  • Piha residents surveyed for transport needs

    Auckland Transport and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board are investigating what public transport services may be needed in the Waitakere Ranges area. Starting from this Friday 18 March, they are seeking feedback from people who live or own property in any of the following areas: Piha, Karekare, Te Henga (Bethells Beach), Waiatarua, Oratia, Henderson Valley, Wood Bay,  [ Read More ]

  • Lily Pond control under way

    After testing spraying in the Claude Abel Lily Pond, Parks has started to control the invasive Mexican water lily in the pond. The test spraying showed no residue of glyphosate, but the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels did come back slightly lower than when tested before the treatment. However, because of the naturally rotting Mexican water  [ Read More ]