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Graeme Murdoch brief history of West Coast

This document was prepared by Graeme Murdoch to describe the Human Heritage of the Bethells/Te Henga area in preparation for a Local Area Plan for that area. While it is  [ Read More ]

New interp for Piha macrocarpa

Local and Sports Parks West has installed a great new interpretation sign by the macrocarpas in Piha Domain. This follows the fencing off to save the trees from damage by  [ Read More ]

How the phone got to Piha

In 1928 a determined Horace Mobbs and his two sons, Fred and Alan, pulled a lone telephone wire through the bush from Anawhata to the Karekare exchange. Piha and Anawhata  [ Read More ]

Craw Homestead Open Day brings back memories

The Open Day at Craw Homestead organised by Auckland Council for Friday 20 January drew about 50 people – neighbours, Piha locals, and old aquaintances and friends of the Craw  [ Read More ]

The Cowans of Piha

The earliest settlers in the Piha valley were the Cowans and Nesses. Peter Keith and Charles Cowan were the sons of Charles and Marion Cowan. Charles Cowan was the son  [ 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 ]

History of schools at Piha

Schools have come and gone at Piha, according to the population and enthusiasm of education authorities. For most of their history the schools have had to make do, in houses,  [ 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 ]