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The Fire Sirens of Piha

Under the witty caption “The fire sirens of Piha beach”, journalist Mark Scott (himself a local with a bach in Rayner Road) profiled Piha’s female fire crew in about the late  [ Read More ]

Piha’s built heritage

The debate around the Piha Bowling Club building has highlighted the age of the older buildings around Piha. It seemed timely to draw up a list of Piha’s built heritage  [ Read More ]

Orpheus catastrophe commemorated at Whatipu

On this hot sunny Thursday, 9 February, a large group gathered at Whatipu beach: young and old, Maori and Pakeha, navy personnel in uniform, a priest and uniformed Coastguard. They  [ Read More ]

Cairn at Te Waha marks gifts of land

It may have been 50 years late, but on Friday 4 November, a small group of Auckland Council regional park rangers and descendants of the Rose family, gathered at Te  [ Read More ]

Works to protect historic macrocarpas

Wondered what the work is going on around the macrocarpas in the Domain ? These two macrocarpa trees are the survivors of a group of three. They are protected in  [ Read More ]

Piha Post Office features in postal history mag

I was delighted to receive through the post a copy of the June 2011 magazine The Mail Coach, which features stories of the postal history of New Zealand. There was no  [ Read More ]

Domain macrocarpas to be protected from further harm

Auckland Council is about to undertake work to protect the two macrocarpas in the Piha Domain, near the Bowling Club. These two macrocarpas are the remnants of a group of  [ Read More ]

Legends of the West

These images are from a great project ” Legends of the West ” Public Art Project. The idea was to tell the stories of the West, originally to prevent graffiti  [ Read More ]

Launch of Titirangi history

Sunday 20 March saw a big crowd pack into the friendly Titirangi RSA for the launch of Marc Bonny’s book Titirangi Fringe of Heaven published by the West Auckland Historical  [ Read More ]

North calls in at Piha and talks to Sandra

Marcus Lush’s new programme North was passing through Piha on Sunday 27 February and who should show up on it, but yours truly. I got to tell two stories: The  [ Read More ]

Tracks at Piha

Piha local Ross Barnes recently gave a talk to the West Auckland Historical Society on how the tracks of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland got their names. Here’s his notes  [ Read More ]

Protect Piha Heritage Society Inc

Contact email protectpihaheritage@gmail.com pestfreepiha@gmail.com Community Mail Box 3, Piha Activities Holds regular seminars and workshops on matters to do with the natural and historic heritage of Piha Publishes monographs, books  [ Read More ]

Into the West

Into the West: a goldmine of information about the early settlers of the West Piha resident, Jan Barnes, is a descendant of two of the oldest families to settle in  [ Read More ]

The history of Waitakere parkland starts earlier than thought

Read here about new research that shows that the creation of the Waitakere parkland started earlier than thought. Most of us thought the first step was in 1894 when Sir Algernon  [ Read More ]