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  • Ecomatters at Piha lagoon

    Dan and colleagues from Ecomatters Trust had a steady stream of visitors to their pop-ups on the edge of the lagoon. They were talking to locals and offering free assessments of septic tanks. People could fill out a survey form about their knowledge and interest in fixing the problem of polluted lagoons. Ecomatters staff were  [ Read More ]

  • Meet Ecomatters to discuss lagoon pollution

    Ecomatters Trust has been contracted by Auckland Council to work on improving the health of West Coast lagoons by improving the performance of local septic tanks. They can offer advice and a free assessment of your septic tank. Meet them by the entrance to the lagoon 11 pm to 2 pm Saturday 7 February Contact  [ Read More ]

  • Deaths of Piha folk

    There have been several deaths recently of Piha people – Warwick Broadhead and Garrie Massicks. http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/rubbings-from-a-live-man-2008 Warwick Broadhead is known very widely for his marvellous, heroic, epic and outrageous dramatic performances. One does not think of the old guard of Piha, the early bach owners, as being at the forefront of arts endeavours – they tended  [ Read More ]

  • Bins being replaced

    The old Council rubbish bins at Piha have been found to contain white asbestos or chrysotile – particles of which can be hazardous when airborne. The bins have now been wrapped and labelled and replacement plastic bins installed nearby. Next week, Tuesday or Wednesday, a certified asbestos removal contractor will remove them. Temporary bins will be  [ Read More ]

  • Monique Endt at the West Coast Gallery

      Monique Endt is a regular and much admired exhibitor at the West Coast Gallery. Her previous exhibitions have focused on West Coast landscapes, but sometimes drawing human forms from landscape features. This summer’s exhibition, SUMMER EMOTIONS, is a departure. Here the human figures are the subject matter, and the settings dreamlike. Monique explains this  [ Read More ]

  • Surf club’s pop-up bar

    Piha Surf Life Saving Club launched a new asset on Friday night (16 January). A pop-up bar – a partnership between Corona and the club – provided a taste of what the renovated clubhouse could provide in terms of a new hospitality offer. The club is raising funds for an expanded clubhouse, with better surveillance tower, improved  [ Read More ]

  • Action on polluted Piha lagoons

    At the Piha R&R AGM, Damon Birchfield of the Ecomatters Trust outlined to the meeting a programme the trust is contracted to Auckland Council to deliver. An experienced expert will be going house to house in Piha and Karekare discussing the performance of householder’s wastewater systems and offering an assessment of the septic tank. This  [ Read More ]

  • Piha Boaties represent NZ

    The Piha A surf boat crew will represent New Zealand against Australia at the Trans-Tasman Test Series being held on the 7th February 2015, Waihi Beach. New Zealand Surf Boat Team Manager ” Clayton Kellett Open Men’s Crew to represent NZ is – Piha swept by Mark Bourneville.  Ben Scott  Paul Gerritsen  Ben Richards  Jean Paul Smit  [ Read More ]

  • Piha Lagoon in news

    Following a Herald article by Wayne Thompson, the media descended on Piha to highlight the water quality problems at Piha lagoon. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11381873 Successive testing over the last recent years has shown faecal contamination of Piha lagoon, a popular swimming place for families and children who see it as safe compared the boisterous surf beach. Recent  [ Read More ]

  • Meet Piha’s summer ranger

    Every summer the Waitakere Ranges Local Board employs a summer ranger for Piha, and a second for Te Henga. This summer the Piha ranger is Tom Greer. He is a biology and statistics graduate with a background in the arts and sciences. He lives in Auckland, but knows Piha well. The Council also has a general parks summer ranger who  [ Read More ]