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  • Pup from pound becomes kauri dieback super-sleuth

    On this week’s Purina pound pups to dog stars on TV1 was the heart-warming story about Paddy, a gorgeous golden lab that had been starved, beaten and confined, before being rescued and taken to SPCA. Highly aggressive around food, Paddy was faced with euthanasia, but was rescued by dog whisperer, Mark. With a hyper-sensitive nose,  [ Read More ]

  • Local board determines dog rules

    The Waitakere Ranges Local Board recently heard many written and oral submissions on its proposed changes to the dog rules for its board area, including Piha and North Piha. At Piha, the Board had heard much feedback from residents and from parks rangers that people found the rules too complex, and they were not well  [ Read More ]

  • Weeding bee tackles climbing asparagus

    About 20 keen weeders turned up with trowels, spades, loppers and niwashi to tackle a veritable field of climbing asparagus at the top of the old dune overlooking the Bowler and Domain. Organised by Pam Gill of Ecomatters as part of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board climbing asparagus blitz, the volunteers were pleased the rain  [ Read More ]

  • Testing the Waters workshop discusses West Coast lagoons

    Community stakeholders met with Auckland Council regional stormwater team at Arataki Visitor Centre today to discuss action in cleaning up contaminated West Coast lagoons. Manager Phil Brown explained that on amalgamation Council “dropped the ball” on this issue, but there are now nine parts of Council working collaboratively on solutions. The missing part was partnering with  [ Read More ]

  • Karekare pohutukawa threatened for the chop

    An iconic pohutukawa hanging over Karekare Road is being investigated by Auckland Transport for removal. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board last night (13 August) passed resolutions opposing any action on the tree and have written to the AT Board chair Lester Levy asking him to intervene to save the tree. The tree is at risk  [ Read More ]

  • Have your say on new dog rules

    The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is proposing new dog rules for Piha. Currently Piha has very complex rules. Regional parks rules prohibit dogs south of Pakiti Rock (The Gap), north of the caves at the end of North Piha and around Lion Rock. Dogs are prohibited on Piha beach during daylight saving and on a  [ Read More ]

  • Final plant completes job in Domain

    Twelve people quickly dealt with the remaining 400 plants in the Piha Domain on Saturday 27 June. The project, organised by Local Parks West for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board involved planting the banks of the Piha Stream and the swale by the gate with suitable riparian plants, especially oioi and taupata – coprosma repens.  [ Read More ]

  • Old pohutukawa loses limb to truck

    One of Piha’s most prominent pohutukawa lost a limb on the morning of Wednesday 24 June when a truck struck it with such force a limb was severed. The Piha Volunteer Fire Brigade was called out and arborists were brought in to removed the damaged limb. This is the third large branch that have been  [ Read More ]

  • Guardrail proposal at lookout dumped

    The controversial proposal for a guardrail before the lookout on Piha Road (near 101 Piha Road), has ended with Auckland Transport not going ahead. The proposal was opposed by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Piha Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association. Both were concerned about the impact on the scenic values of the site. Subsequent to public consultation, Auckland  [ Read More ]

  • Marc Mateo farewelled in Domain

    A large crowd gathered in the Domain on Friday 19 June to farewell local man Marc Anthony Mateo who died accidentally the previous weekend. Eldest son of Bev, partner of Debalina Rose, father of Tiger, and brother of Phillip, Rachel, Todd and Emily. Marc was a talented cinematographer and a large number of friends and  [ Read More ]