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 Piha Beach - What's Happening?

What is happening in Piha NZ in 2008. 

What is happening in Piha Beach and surrounding Waitakere City, 45 minutes west of Auckland City, NZ? Subscribe to e-Newsletter: here and unsubscribe here   Go to our Polls and Poll results Here  Mistakes happen - even by us! To the very best of our knowledge the following events are happening where and when we have said. If you are travelling a long way to Piha or Waitakere it may pay to double check prior :)  Send your EVENT to What's Happening HERE

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December '08:

Recycle Collection: 8th & 22nd
Twilight Bowls at Piha Bowling Club 6.30 pm every Friday night - Meals and drinks available
West Coast Gallery - Piha for all of December
One of my very favourite West Coast Artists doll maker extraordinaire Claire Inwood.
If you are Christmas shopping and looking for ideas I have given Claire's dolls to our granddaughter and to a dear friend of mine.  50 years age difference and they both love them. Each doll is unique.
You just can't go wrong with Claire's dolls at the West Coast Gallery
Second Saturday of every month Pacifica Arts Village Pacifica Monthly Markets at Corbans Estate Arts Centre  Second Saturday of every month (except March only - will run on the first Saturday of the month) from 12 noon to 5pm. Featuring Pacifica arts, crafts and food.
Tickets are strictly limited to 250, and available to Piha SLSC members and their guests only.Tickets are $15 and can be pre-purchased at the Piha SLSC Bar.Door sales will only be available if not sold out before the night. Get in quick!!

Please note the bar and restaurant will only be open that night to ticket holders and will be serving a reduced menu

28th Dec 1-4pm: Piha SLSC vs Piha Bowling Club: Annual Bowls Tournament

This will be a great match to watch or join in.  No experience necessary · All Bowls and equipment provided · Wear flat-soled shoes · Food and Cold Refreshments available ·Go and play for your club!


22 or 23 Dec 10am - 2.30pm: Christmas Art Classes Duration: 1 day courses
Chrissy The Christmas Fairy (5 - 14 Yrs) : Monday 22nd Dec  ·     Xmas Fun (5 - 14 Yrs) : Tuesday 23rd Dec ·     Make Your Own Xmas Stocking (5 - 14 Yrs) : Tuesday 23rd December

20 & 21 Dec 7am:  The 2008 Auckland Surfing Champs : Piha Beach Come to Piha to watch Auckland's best surfers tearing it up to be crowned Auckland Champ! Divisions: > Open > Junior (Under 18) > Women's > Seniors (Over 28s) This is a fun event run for the benefit of all surfers involved in the best spirit of surfing as a sport.   More details on Auckland Surf Champs here
19th Dec from 9pm: Piha SLSC Tim Bailey will be DJing at the club from 9pm

Enjoy a meal, watch the sun go down and enter the weekend with some relaxing Piha tunes?..


17th Dec: Wednesday Walks - Adventure at your back door.

La Trobe / Taraire Track. Traverse one of the largest groves of taraire trees in the Ranges, and walk alongside the lovely Opal Pools Stream.  Meet 9:50am, Karekare Beach carpark. Grade Moderate Costs $5. Walking time approx 2 hours. Only 20 spaces so book (essential) early.  More info HERE
14th Dec 10 am: Titirangi Village Market

The Titirangi Village Market is an integral part of the heart and soul of Titirangi culture.  Come along on Sunday and experience what makes it so special.  Over 130 stalls of arts, crafts, produce and information

13th Dec: Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park - Auckland Domain

Christmas in the Park started in 1994.  Pack up the family and a picnic and enjoy.
This year Surf Life Saving get the $$$ so lets be generous

12th Dec from 9pm: Piha SLSC Tim Bailey will be DJing at the club from 9pm

Enjoy a meal, watch the sun go down and enter the weekend with some relaxing Piha tunes?..


8 & 9th Dec: Kylie Minoque in Auckland
After wowing audiences and critics across the UK and Europe in what has been hailed as 'her most flamboyant show yet' (Manchester Evening News), Kylie has announced her first ever New Zealand concert date!

6-7th Dec: Rip Curl GromSearch @ Piha  - The Rip Curl GromSearch is the longest running grommet series in New Zealand. The series comprises four events in 2008.  Events are scheduled in each of the school holidays and are dotted around New Zealand.  Rip Curl GromSearch events focus on participation in the sport of surfing and are held worldwide.  The events offer an excellent opportunity for youngsters to meet other surfers and compete against each other many for the first time in their lives.  The 2008 Rip Curl GromSearch is sponsored by Rip Curl and New Zealand Surfing Magazine.

7th Dec: Piha RSA Members Christmas Dinner $30 Tickets 8128 138
6th Dec 9pm: Piha Surf Life Saving Club - Dude Cruise
DC present the New Zealand Premiere of Dude Cruise at the Piha Surf Life Saving Club at 9pm Saturday December 6th. Dude Cruise is the first movie from Irons Bros. Productions, the new film company formed by Bruce and Andy Irons, and the first-ever movie featuring the DC surf team? and just the DC surf team. It?s true that there are only three guys on the elite DC surf team. But between Bruce Irons, Dane Reynolds, and Ry Craike, who else do even need in a surf movie these days? Entry to the premiere is free, but please note that entry to the Piha Surf Life Saving Club is limited to members and friends of members, so grab your member friend and come along.  Read it all here

6th Dec 7:30pm Mt Smart Stadium - David Beckam: LA Galaxy vs Oceania All Stars
American Major League Soccer Club, LA Galaxy will be heading to Auckland to play an exhibition game and will feature high profile players David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Chris Klein and Steven Cronin. They will be taking on an Oceania All Stars team, made up of players from member associations across the Oceania region, and led by former French international Christian Karembeu.  Mt Smart Stadium - more info
6th Dec: le Bop @ Barnet Hall, Piha
Le Bop All Night Dance Party & BBQ at Piha

3 - 11th Dec: Tessa Chrisp 'Dreaming' - Clayton Lane Art Gallery, Newmarket. 10b Clayton Lane
Kiwi Dreaming photographic exhibition explores the quintessential kiwi bach, with a raw and nostalgic sensibility.  Based around a community of remote baches, inaccessible by road, without power, and slightly lost in time, the exhibition pays homage to the much loved and fast diminishing kiwi icon, the humble bach. The exhibition leads the viewer through the bush, down a ramshackle path, past the long drop and peaks behind a curtain of childhood memories.
Award­-winning Photographer, Tessa Chrisp, of Piha,  jumped at the opportunity of working in collaboration with Australian based Arts Coordinator, Milly Reynolds, when they spoke of their mutual admiration of the kiwi bach.  They believe the bach represents a very important part of the kiwi psyche and not only does this need documenting for future generations but deserves celebration now.  Tessa Christp - Photographer
7th Dec 5:30pm : Christmas at the Zoo

Auckland Zoo's Christmas Party is one of the most popular fixtures on the summer events calendar, and each year it is a great way to celebrate a very Kiwi Christmas.

This year there will be a zoo market - where attendees can do their Chrismas shopping ethically, with heaps of ideas for eco-friendly or conservation minded gifts.

6th Dec:  Children's Christmas GiftmakingWest Wave Recreation Centre, Alderman Dv. Henderson. 9am - 3pm (2 sessions:  9 - 11.30 and 12.30 - 3pmA FREE event for children to come and make gifts for their families. Children must be booked for a session. Ph 839 0400 to book. Volunteers are needed to help on the day Donations of resources and materials for gift making are welcome. To volunteer or donate items contact Julie Nash Ph 836 8000 extn 8934.  Email Julie Nash

5th Dec: National Jandal Day!

National Jandal Day: Surf Life Saving New Zealand's annual fund-raising day. We're encouraging New Zealanders to wear their jandals to work and pledge a donation to support safer summers on our beaches. We know they do a great job so please take time to get involved!

5th Dec: SURF BOATING  European Open Surf Boat Champs Fridays from 5th December, SKY Sport Episode 1: Piha Conquers Al, 7pm SKY Sport 1 The Piha 'A' Crew after training extensively for 5 months over winter in NZ enjoyed the best that the French Atlantic coast could throw at them during the weekend's surf rowing carnival in the prestigious Biarritz beach, La Grande Plage, France. BOWLS  Read more about Piha A Crew
Thursday 4th - Dec not Friday as usual 7:30: Piha Ratepayers and Residents Monthly Meeting.  Piha Library

Nov '08:
Recycle Collection: 10th & 24th
Twilight Bowls at Piha Bowling Club 6.30 pm every Friday night - Meals and drinks available


IDENTITY  -  NO CRISIS    solo exhibition by KRISTIN KELL

 8 - 30 November at West Coast Gallery- Piha


Pacifica Arts Village Pacifica Monthly Markets at Corbans Estate Arts Centre
Second Saturday of every month (except March only - will run on the first Saturday of the month) from 12 noon to 5pm. Featuring Pacifica arts, crafts and food.
30th Nov 10 am: Titirangi Village Market

The Titirangi Village Market is an integral part of the heart and soul of Titirangi culture.  Come along on Sunday and experience what makes it so special.  Over 130 stalls of arts, crafts, produce and information

30th Nov 2pm: The Farmers Santa Parade 75th Birthday
Christmas would not be Christmas without the Farmers Santa Parade!  After party in Aotea Square from 3pm to 5.30pm.

Rain date Sunday 7 December 2008 - if the weather is bad, a cancellation will be announced on Newstalk ZB after 10am on Sunday 30th November 2008. The Parade will go ahead in light rain.

29th Nov: The Jazz, Folk and Blues Review - Titirangi Theatre
  Forbidden Joe: "Folk is the new black"
  Jon Sanders: "A canny musical curiosity"
  Black Sand Diva : The Jazz Chameleons.
  $10 on the door - bar open.

29th Nov 6:30 - 10:30: Eden Project - Film evening @ Landsendt, Oratia: $75 Join us for an exciting open air film night featuring the making of the Eden Project in Cornwall. This ambitious garden project was masterminded by Tim Smit who also re built the 'Lost Gardens of Heligan'.

The Eden Project has the largest dome hothouses in the world, housing ethno botanical plants with the purpose of educating people on how valuable and intrinsically linked humans are with plants. The sheer size and design of this garden is mind blowing. This film is a must see for anyone interested in plants.

Robin Kewell,  filmmaker from Cornwall, now living in Oratia, filmed this project over 4 years. He will be hosting the evening. We promise you a real treat.

The event starts at 6.30pm. There will be an exquisite 'travelling' meal and local wine will be served. South American music and an opportunity to wander through the gardens before dark, when the film starts.
$75.00 per person. Limited seats. Booking essential.

29th Nov: 50th Anniversary of Stoner / Copeland Surfboards @ Piha Surf Life Saving Club

Malibu boards arrive New Zealand surfing changed radically when two young Americans, Bing Copeland and Rick Stoner brought their American-made Malibu boards to New Zealand in 1958/59

These light, manoeuvrable boards were made of a shaped balsa core covered with a fibreglass mat. They were a vast improvement on the old-style solid or hollow wooden boards. Riders could surf across the face of a wave instead of simply following the breaker to the beach in a straight line. Soon Malibu boards were being manufactured locally, and many more people took up surfing. More here about Bing and Rick

Left: Bing Copeland & David Nuuhiwa  - early 60's.

Click on photo for article


A mountain range separated Auckland from Piha, their destination. Driving down the hill to the Surf Club at Piha the two noticed the waves breaking and Bing figured the size was around 4 to 6 feet. The car pulled up to the parking lot of the Piha Surf Club. There were a few of its members there to welcome the strangers to their Club. The club members were friendly and cordial. One of the member was Peter Byer who would showed the two yanks around during their stay at Piha. Left: Peter Byers surfing in front of the Camel, Piha. Click on photo for article. 


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of modern surfing in New Zealand.  Program starts with Saturday BBQ at Piha Beach front property followed by 'open longboard competition', drinks and a seated dinner at Piha Surf Life Saving Club  with special guest Bing Copeland and presentations by the Mayor of Waitakere, Bob Harvey.

See poster on left for more details including how to book.

                             Email for tickets here 



28th Nov 3 - 9pm: Pacific in the Park - Moire Park

Annual Family Pacific festival, with stalls, prizes, games and entertainment

Entertainment includes Che Fu and Three Houses Down and many more great local artists. Food with a Pacific flavour will be available to buy, and most stalls at the festival will have a competition for you to enter to win on the night! Games for the Children, and Santa will arrive by helicopter! Free Entry! Suitable for young and old! Celebrity guests!

27th Nov 8 - 10:30pm: Acoustic Styles Open Mic @ Elevation, Waiatarua  Acoustic open mic night. Singer songwriters, instrumentalists, and musical acts of any acoustic nature welcome. Elevation on the Web
26th Nov: Wednesday Walks - Adventure at your back door.

Arataki Nature Trail: If you are interested in NZ native plants, this walk is for you.  The Arataki Nature Trail, opposite the Arataki Visitor Centre, traverses both young forest with its colomizing species and ancient forest including a grove of giant kauri. Meet 9:50am, Arataki Visitor CEntre carpark. Grade: Easy. Costs $5. Walking time approx 2 hours. Only 20 spaces so book (essential) early.  More info HERE
26th Nov: Music on the Top Floor: Free Lunchtime Concert @ Lopdell House 
Our lunchtime concert series continues with a pre-Christmas special featuring a new flute and cello duet on the Top Floor of Lopdell House. The programme will include "Syrinx" by Debussy, "Assobio A Jato (The Jet Whistle)" by Villa-Lobos as well as works by Bach and Honegger. 

25th Nov:  White Ribbon Day Waitakere Hospital at 10.15am   March route here
White Ribbon Day is the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

White Ribbon Day in Waitakere is the day we stand together and say "Family Violence - It's Not OK in Waitakere."

In 2008 White Ribbon Day acknowledges the many men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families. The campaign also encourages men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive
Waitemata District Health Board, Waitemata District Police and Waitakere City Council, along with the WAVES network of family violence prevention and intervention agencies, is planning a March under the banner 'FamilyViolence -It's Not OK within Waitakere City.

The aim of the march is to show community solidarity towards the prevention of family violence in Waitakere.
25th Nov 7 - 10pm: The Hangar Quiz Night w/ Ewen Gilmour, Auckland West

Export Gold presents the only authentic Westie Quiz night in Auckland.Get down to the Hangar to experience the Unique Comedy of Ewen Gilmour and test your knowledge against the Best in the West.


20 - 23rd Nov: the AUCKLAND flower SHOW Alexandra Park, Epsom
A team of highly experienced major event organisers and promoters has very quickly come together to save Auckland's iconic annual flower show, and the result is the The Auckland Flower Show at Alexandra Park in Epsom,
This year's Auckland Flower Show at the brilliant new all-weather venue at Alexandra Park will be a much improved show for you to enjoy even more!  Auckland Flower Show website HERE

21 - 2nd Nov: Woodlands Park School 50th Jubilee
Woodlands Park School 50th Anniversary Celebrations

21st Nov - 14 Dec: Get your unique and affordable Christmas Presents here!!!

CEAC's annual exhibition of affordable artworks - this year's theme is triptychs in any medium - all work under $400.

Friday 21st November  Sunday 14th December 2008
Opening Thursday 20th November, 6pm

 21st Nov - 14 Dec: i speak! @ Corbans Estate Arts Centre

Spark Studio is a creative space offering an innovative art programme for adults with various disabilities. I Speak! is a showcase of a year long project exploring language and visual representation.

Friday 21st November ? Sunday 14th December 2008
Opening Thursday 20th November, 6pm

20th Nov 5am!!! Sydney-bound in customised wheelie bin from Piha

On November 20 at 5am I leave through the surf at Piha then a mere six weeks after that, providing everything goes to schedule, I will sail into Sydney harbour just after 7pm.

Can't miss this - read about it here


28th Oct - 16 Nov: FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup :

The first ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is being held in New Zealand from October 28 to November 16 this '08.  A total of 32 matches will be played at the four confirmed venues: Auckland's North Harbour Stadium, Hamilton's Waikato Stadium, Wellington Stadium and Christchurch's QEII Stadium. Official Documents - Match Schedule etc   Purchase Tickets HERE

16th Nov - 2:30pm: Piha Ratepayers & Residents Assn Special General Meeting: To decide on a new location for the Community Post Office..
15th Nov:"Two Treasured Islands":  Cocos Island and Aldabra @ Lopdell House  
The fourth film in our Robin Kewell series of short films and talks will be screened on the Top Floor of Lopdell House and features Two Treasured Islands; Aldabra and Cocos.
Aldabra is situated north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean  . . . . 
Cocos Island is situated 500 km off the coast of Costa Rica  . . . . .
 Entry $10 or $5 for Friends of Lopdell House Gallery. Doors open 7pm..Start at 7:30 pm Bookings are essential via phone 817 8087 or call into the gallery shop.

15th Nov: Greatest Little Fun Run in the Universe:

13 km and 5km fun run with a difference!  This fun run/walk will be in its second year with over 400 participants enjoying the unique and scenic course in the inaugural event last year.

The course goes from Huia Beach (Southern Waitakere Ranges) to the Upper Huia Dam and back. Along a small gravel road through the bush, past the Lower Huia Dam, through a tunnel, over the top of a dam, and over a swing bridge. The majority of the course is gravel or bush tracks.  All funds raised go to the local Laingholm Primary School - the school that serves the the area we runs so many events in.

This is a Lactic Turkey event you can bring the whole family to - we'll be doing a 10 minute course for the wee kids too!
Lots of Information HERE on this run
When Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman joined forces to create the project ?1 Giant Leap?, they embarked upon a global journey that included Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe, equipped solely with  digital video cameras,  laptops and a vision - to capture and weave together a unique fusion of sound, image and spoken word from some of the world's most happening musicians, authors, scientists and thinkers and to explore 'The Unity in the Diversity'.

Their treasure hunt brought many unexpected collaborations with such inspirations as Michael Stipe, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, Dennis Hopper, Brian Eno, Asha Bhosle, Robbie Williams, Eddi Reader, Speech, Asha Bhosle, Neneh Cherry, Anita Roddick, Michael Franti and Baaba Maal and many more The resulting double-Grammy nominated film consists of 11 chapters - INSPIRATION, MONEY, FAITH, SEX*, DEATH, CONFRONTATION, TIME, BLASPHEMY, UNITY, MASKS, HAPPY, and 30 behind the scenes movies. ( Please note that this is a Certificate 18 film) (*Contains adult themes and explicit language) This film is the last in the current season at the Settler?s Hall, a bit of a celebration, with a licensed bar serving wine/beer and complimentary teas/coffee and snacks.TICKETS: $10 It is an inspirational film and perfect to end this first Film Club Season?.We will sell out, so? Telephone: 09 818 2489 to reserve tickets or e-mail your booking to settlersfilmclub@xtra.co.nz

10th Nov - Environment Court Auckland. 

Protect Piha Heritage challenges ARC & WCC's consenting of resource concent for a cafe in Piha - case expected to last 4 - 5 days.
The 'Piha YES Cafe' campagners will be there and we will be representing all the Piha people in the photo below right !!!
10th Nov : The Mamaku Project
Recorded during May/June 2008 in Piha, Titirangi and at KOG studios in Kingsland, Auckland, the Mamaku Project?s warmly awaited sophomore album answers to the festive cadence of their live show over the past two years.
At 420 Bar, Auckland, 14th November

9th Nov  10am : Piha Dune Restoration Dune Planting
2000 Spinifex and Pingao plants are waiting to be planted so will need a good sized team. Dune planting is very easy, and an ideal activity for including small children.  There are plenty of jobs they can do, and you can spend as much or as little time planting as you wish
Meet at the car-park in the vicinity of 129 Marine Parade North - Bring:      Gloves, suitable footwear, trenching-type spade (if you have one).  We will have spades   

 9th Nov: Would you like to do something VERY rewarding? Refugee Services Volunteer

Step forward and make a world of difference in the New Year!!!! Take this opportunity to become one of our volunteers supporting refugees in their resettlement, and gain new friends and experience in a cross cultural environment. Call Chandra on (09) 621 0013 to register or for more information


NZ Refugee Services offer some of the most rewarding volunteer work you can do.  We've done it and now have an extended Ethiopian Family we just love and are doing very very well in NZ.   Do something different - mnake a difference !

9th Nov - 6pm:  WCO Trusts Concert Series - Music of the Baroque - Glen Eden Playhouse
Waitakere City Orchestra presents a beautiful selection of Baroque music by composers such as Stamitz and Bach. Soloists are Donald Nicholls on Clarinet, Sarah Roper on Oboe and Elena Abramova and Christina Yu on Violin. Conducted by Brigid Bisley.

Details on Music of the Baroque here

8th Nov - 3pm : the Old Fire Station - Opening Kristin Kell IDENTITY  -  NO CRISIS    solo exhibition by KRISTIN KELL You are warmly invited to join us for an informal opening - election day

 Often described as "wild woman" the artist explores this identity through the uses of non-traditional natural fibres and resins which have been a life long passion.  The works reflect an intimate association with Papatuanuku and provide the viewer with close ups of many abiquitous natural found items as the artist confidently identifies as Native White Woman See you there,    Glenys  arts co-ordinator

8th Nov - Election 08 -

The day New Zealanders go to the polls to electy their Government
Piha's Polling Booth is at Barnett Hall - North Piha

3rd Nov 7pm Peter Siddell: Artspeak @ Corban's
2008 Waitakere Arts Laureate, Peter Siddell took up painting as a full time occupation in 1972, after resigning from his career as a teacher. His work is held in most major private, public and corporate collections in New Zealand, including the Government House in Wellington, Te Papa Tongarewa and Auckland Art Gallery. Peter will be talking about his current body of work and career to date.  More info
2nd Nov 10.30am: Piha Surf Life Saving Club - Nipper Registration. We want to increase the number of nippers involved with our Nipper Program this season so if you have any friends who are interested in joining bring them along to registration day!   More info here
1st Nov - 7:30pm  The Maori History of Piha through its place names by Graeme Murdoch - Barnett hall : Graeme Murdoch talks about the Maori history of Piha through its place names. Organised by Protect Piha Heritage. Koha
1st Nov - 7:15am  2008 Guy Fawkes Mile - Trust Stadium, Waitakere  The fourth annual Guy Fawkes Mile will be staged at the Douglas Track and Field Stadium, which is part of The Trusts Stadium in Waitakere City.  The race will be timed to run between 7.15am and 7.30pm.

The Mile will carry the following prize pool:1st $3000 2nd $2000 3rd $1000

An incentive bonus of $2000 will also be paid to the winner, if the winner breaks four minutes for the mile. The first Waitakere City registered runner will receive $1000.


Here is your opportunity of racing in front of 12,000 plus spectators.  Entry is by invitation. Runners wishing to be invited should email their details (including best ever mile and 1500m times, and best mile and 1500m times over the past 12 months), to Murray McKinnon at:  murray@mckinnon.co.nz 

October '08:
Recycle Collection: 
Pacifica Arts Village Pacifica Monthly Markets at Corbans Estate Arts Centre
Second Saturday of every month (except March only - will run on the first Saturday of the month) from 12 noon to 5pm. Featuring Pacifica arts, crafts and food.

31st Oct: BNZ Waitakere Business Awards
An annual event celebrating the 'Best of the West' except we're not in it - too busy - rather be in the garden!

31st Oct: Halloween in Piha
It's halloween tonight and what a great idea the local parents have come up with.
You will have received a 'halloween notice' in your letterbox yesterday.  If you are happy for the kiddies to come knocking on your door then put the notice on your letter box.  If not they won't bother you.

28th Oct - 16 Nov: FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup :
The first ever FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is being held in New Zealand from October 28 to November 16 '08.  A total of 32 matches will be played at the four confirmed venues: Auckland's North Harbour Stadium, Hamilton's Waikato Stadium, Wellington Stadium and Christchurch's QEII Stadium. Official Documents - Match Schedule etc   Purchase Tickets HERE

29th Oct: Wednesday Walks - Adventure at your back door.
Auckland City Walk. No! It's nowhere near Auckland City. Come and see some of the best kauri forest in the Waitakere Ranges. Learn about Ark in the Park mainland island. Meet 9:50am, Cascades Carpark, Falls Road off Te Henga Road (through Gold Course) Grade Easy. Costs $5. Walking time approx 2 hours. Only 20 spaces so book (essential) early.  More info HERE

27th Oct: Market Day at Piha.  Piha Preschool will once again be organising the fantastic Piha Market Day on Labour Day.  For more information call the preschool on 8128 013
25th Oct 1 - 10pm: Waitakere Indian Association - Diwali Festival

25th Oct:    Halloween at Piha Library: Fancy Dress, Magic, Competitions ...........
Yes its Halloween time again and as usual the wonderful women at Piha Library are doing a Halloween for the young ones of Piha.  An afternoon of fun ................ BOO!

21st Oct: Oratia Native Nursery - Grasses Seminar
Once despised by 'real gardeners' grasses are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. Grasses and grass-like plants are many and varied. From dry, exposed sites to wetlands each species has its niche.
18th Oct - 7.30pm: 'Journey Through Eritrea' and short film 'Faces from Places' 
Lopdell House - Titirangi  A few years after a peace declaration between Ethiopia and Eritrea was signed, award winning film-maker Robin Kewell journeyed through Eritrea, he is one of the few people to have filmed in this remarkable and forgotten country. Originally commissioned by the Eritrean Tourist Association the film was shows the incredible diversity of landscape and people who had been at war for 30 years, from rich rain forest to dry desert, from the cool of the mountain plains to one of the hottest places on the planet...the Danakil Depression with unique footage of ancient sites, even an underwater visit to the Dahlak Islands in the Red Sea. The presentation is accompanied with sketches and extracts from Robin's diary notes...plus some tips on how to film in temperatures of 40 centigrade !!!

Narration by BBC Narrator Brian Gear  Music by Nicholas Cook and Bob Brimley  Winner of ?New Destinations? Tourism Film Award   Also showing will be a short film from a series  'FACES from PLACES' with music by 'Dead Can Dance' this film shows the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea going about their daily life, carrying water, working on the land, collecting wood, going to market?.

(Duraration approx 90 min)

To book tickets for this event contact Mels Barton on 817 8087 or check Lopdell House website. www.lopdell.org.nz

17 - 19 Oct: Yoga Retreat in Piha with Melodie Batchelor - Asana Classes & PranayamaAccommodaton 1/2 a minute to Piha Beach right HERE  Email Melodie here

17th Oct - 8pm:   Old Settler's Hall. West Coast Road. Oratia.  

Doors open 7-30 pm Film Starts at 8 pm Admission $10 Adults $5 Children

"The Shark Feeders"
A film about feeding sharks by hand !!! many people are against this type of human intervention but the 'Underwater Explorers Society' in Grand Bahama are convinved that getting people close to sharks will educaate them and stop the fear that most people have of these incredible and much maligned creatures.  This film shows that there is another side to the shark's personality.   Narration by BBC award winning Brian Gear.      PLUS
"Planet Aldabra - No Man's Land"
Commissioned by the Seychelles Island Foundation this film takes us on a journey to the largest raised coral atoll in the World, Aldabra, in the Indian Ocean. It is home to thousands of Giant tortoises, flightless birds and a marine life that until quite recently has been left undiscovered. Very few people have ever set foot on the island, even fewer have explored its underwater world.

Diving here is different, each day the tides sweep in and out of the deep channels bringing with them a wealth of marine life, riding on the current at speeds of 10 knots..this is the life blood of the enormous lagoon. Aldabra has been called a Galapagos of the east  Music by Bob Brimley and Narration by BBC Natural History Unit's Barry Paine. The films were made by Robin Kewell who will be there to present the films and answer any questions.

email to book Settlers Film Club
12th Oct - 10am: Piha Surf Life Saving 'Mass Refresher Day': You will be assessed on CPR, a multi-choice theory test, run-swim-run and tube rescue. IRB drivers will not be assessed on this day due to restrictions in the number of assessors available. Please remember to bring your wetsuit, warm clothes and food/drink. If you have any queries please contact Claire at Claire's Email

5th Oct - Yay - Daylight Saving starts - 3am becomes 4am 'spring foward' 'fall back' is how I remember!

5th Oct: Piha Bowling Club Opening Day Bowling starts again 5th October with a triples tournament. 
4th Oct: THE CHOP: Hairdressing for HIV Awareness - 2 Canada Street Newton: New Zealand's Top Hair Salons Showcasing - what fun The Chop HIV Awareness details here
2nd Oct: 9am - 12:30 $25 (includes morning tea)  Arts Enterprise Seminar OWNERSHIP & COPYRIGHT  This seminar will cover New Zealand copyright law, its application, and how it affects you as a visual or performance artist.Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by governments, giving the creator of an original work of authorship exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time, after which the work enters the public domain. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other, related rights. It is an intellectual property form (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.

September '08:                   
Recycle Collection:  1st, 15th & 29th    

Spring School Holiday Classes  Duration: 2 days


  • 3d Cartoon Wall Plaque (6 - 12 Yrs) : Monday 29th ? Tuesday 30th September
  • Quirky Creatures (6 - 12 Yrs) : Monday 29th ? Tuesday 30th September
  • The champions cup (6 - 12 yrs) : Monday 29th ? Tuesday 30th September
  • Rousseau?s jungle (8 - 12 yrs) : Wednesday 1st ? Thursday 2nd October
  • Creatures of the night (8 - 14 yrs) : Wednesday 1st ? Thursday 2nd October
  • Luscious fruit (5 - 12 yrs) : Friday 3rd October (one day course)
  • 3d pets (5 - 8 yrs) : Monday 6th - Tuesday 7th October
  • Whale rider (5 - 9yrs) : Monday 6th - Tuesday 7th October
  • Huhu bug ball mask making & theatre (7 - 12 yrs) : Wednesday 8th - Thursday 9th October
  • Folk doll (9 - 12 yrs) : Friday 10th October (one day course)

30th Sep - 7pm: Waitakere Community Board meeting.  Council Chambers 6 Hendrson Valley Road.
29th Sep - 7pm: Emily Perkins - Novel About My Wife @ CEAC - free

Emily Perkins, acclaimed New Zealand writer, will be talking about her latest book, Novel About My Wife and the challenges of pursuing a literary career. Novel About My Wife has been described as ?dark, sensuous and utterly compelling? a sexy, chilling novel about the secrets that lie at the heart of every marriage?.


Copies of Novel About My Wife will be available for sale at the talk.


Corbans Estate Art Center here

28th Sep- midday: Civil Defence are retesting the Tsunami alarms in South Piha only.  They have asked us (literally us : Bobbie and Julia) to report whether we hear them or not :-)
28th Sep- 2am:  Daylight Saving time starts on the last Sunday in September (2am - 28 September 2008), when the clocks are put forward by one hour.

27th Sep- 10am:  Offical Opening Piha Domain 'Story of the Eel' Footbridge - Piha
10am - Blessing and Ribbon cutting -  Piha Domain
Followed by formalities and morning tea at the  Piha Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
I'm sure everyone who has waited in great anticipation will be there.

27th Sep - 10am: Storyfest - Kelston Community Centre: a FREE event for children of all ages . Travellers tales of pioneers, passengers and pirates; nomads, gypsies and explorers.  More details HERE
26th Sep:Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.   Blue Friday click here
24th Sep: Wednesday Walks - Adventure at your back door.
Mercer Bay Loop: Take in the spectacular views along some of the highest cliffs in the Auckland Region.  Learn about the legend of the orifin of Rangitoto while surveying the coastline from Whatipu to Muriwai.  Meet 9:50am, Te Ahuahu Rd carpark, Piha. Grade Moderate. Costs $5. Walking time approx 2 hours. Only 20 spaces so book (essential) early.  More info HERE
23rd Sep - 10am: Groundcovers @ Oratia Native Nursery  Ground covers can fill a vacuum in a way that enhances your landscaping, providing a subtle background or attention seeking palette of colours and textures.  Spring ground cover seminar at Oratia Native Nursery  Oratia Ground Covers Seminar [98kb]pdf

20th Sep: The Legend Marathon & Arthur's Half Marathon
Both events follow the famous Waiatarua route (set in the Waitakere Ranges ) previously used by Arthur Lydiard to train his prodigies - elite athletes such as Peter Snell and Sir Murray Halberg, among others.
What you may or may not know, is that Arthur developed a now famous training run route that many elite and not-so-elite athletes have done, and still do, as part of their training regimes and schedules. The Waiatarua run through the Waitakere Ranges is as punishing a course as you can do, and has been 'fondly' referred to as the "run until you spew".

19 - 21 Sep: Going West Books and Writers Festival: A great annual event in Titirangi.  More info here
13th Sep 7 - 4:10pm Waitakere Moon Festival: Waitakere Moon Festival, an event that celebrates the cultural diversity in our community, with a particular focus on Chinese language and traditions through the sharing of music, dance, arts, crafts and cuisine. The Festival commences with a traditional lion dance and a Maori welcome, there is a full entertainment programme and a stunning fireworks display to conclude the evening. More details on Moon Festival

13th Sep: Akarana Riders Club AGM @ Piha.  Yes, expect a whole bunch of fabulous bikes to cruise Piha like they did last year!  They are holding their AGM at the Piha Surf Life Saving Club

12th Sep - 8pm: Settlers Film Club  "Latcho Drom" Old Settlers Hall, West Coast Road, Oratia.  Winner of Special Grand Prix at Montreal Film Festival.  Celebrating a way of life over 1000 years old . . .  a musical journey through the eyes and ears of Romany's nomadic culture.  Latcho Drom (Safe Journey) transcendds language and culture, spanning the four seasons as told through the musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France and Spain.  .  "Touching, sad and joyful . . . a remarkable glimpse at an ancient culture" Channel 4 TV.  Admission $10. Telephone Robin on  818 2489 to reserve a seat?we are limited to 70
9th or 10th Sep 7 - 9pm: DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre
A night of deaf creative talent. Experience the world as the deaf community see it, and share in their creative world of deaf humour, drama, story telling and Maori culture.
$10 (under 5 free).  Cash, cheque or Internet banking.

7th Sep: Father's Day.  Top 10 Tips for Dad here  Focus on Father week programme here  have a great day Dads!
6th Sep 11 - 2pm: Project Twin Streams opanuka stream Spring Community Planting Day
Project Twin Streams (PTS) Opanuku Stream is now in its third year of operation.  All the areas of the Opanuku Streamside from Corban Estate to Border Road have been adopted by community groups . . . . . . .  
The planting site is on the Opanuku Streamside and accessed from the end of Garelja Rd, off Henderson Valley Road.  Everything except gumboots provided to volunteers More info HERE and HERE

5th Sep 7:30. Piha Ratepayers & Residents Meeting at Piha Library.  Open Forum 7:30-8.00
5th Sep 7 - 9:15pm: Hear your Candidates speak on the Environment: Kelston Boys High Auditorium Archibald Road, Kelston. Speakers Labour - Lynne Pillay and David Cunliffe National - Paula Bennett and Tim Groser Greens - Russel Norman and Kath Dewar. There will then be plenty of time for questions from the audience Candidates have already been sent questions on issues of interest to conservationists and environmentalists. These include questions on the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill, marine protection, pest control and climate change Meeting hosted by Waitakere Forest & Bird Meeting hosted by Waitakere Forest & Bird All queries to Robert Woolf ? email hubchy@gmail.com, tel. 8168899

5th Sep 7 - 10pm: Word Up! Youth performances + Band + DJ + MC Taaz @ Corban Estate Art Centre  Word Up! is a FREE participation youth event, held every year in association with the Going West Books and Writers Festival and the Corban Estate Arts Centre. The event is arranged to support emerging writing talent, focusing on poetry, hip-hop rap and song writing. The goal is to encourage performers of original word based material aged 15 ? 18 to perform in front of a live audience.  Word Up 2008 [55kb]pdf

1st Sep  7pm: In Conversation - Florian Habicht & Warwick Broadhead CEAC
Innovative filmmaker Florian Habicht and renowned performing artist and director, Warwick Broadhead in conversation about Habicht?s latest film, Rubbings from a Live Man; an intimate portrait of Broadheads extraordinary life and work.

FREE -   More info

August '08:
Recycle Collection:  4th & 18th

9 - 31 Aug: West Coast Gallery - Chinmay Patel
Chinmay Patel is 12yrs old and has been battling with Leukaemia for the last 4 years.  When he was trapped in hospital, and later at home due to his illness, he began painting as a way to express himself. In October last year he had his first solo exhibition as part of the Waitakere Trust Awards.  He decided that he wanted to give back to those that had helped him in his time of need, so he donated all the proceeds of his exhibition to Child Cancer foundation - over $7,000 Now in remission, he's at it again.  His upcoming exhibition "Frameless Life" showcases his latest amazing work.  At 12, he is a rare talent.
1st Aug - 7 Sep: T[error] . Corbans Estate Art Centre
The Habeas Corpus Collective (Bernie Harfleet, Jude Nye, Dustin Rabjohn and Donna Sarten) present?? Mixed Media Installation - Looks great.   Every day the media warns us of terrifying acts of aggression and impending dangers.  The risks to us personally, nationally or globally become difficult to assess with this mass onslaught of information.  Consequently we live immersed in an anxious menacing environment over which we seem to have little control.  T[error] delves into .........  More info CEAC

30th Aug 3pm: Music in the Gallery - Free Afternoon Concert Top Floor of Lopdell House Lopdell House's daytime concert series featuring the MusicSpace Ensemble is proving very popular and continues thanks to the support of Creative Communities with Borodin's Quartet no. 1 in A major and Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 no. 3. To book your seat please phone 817 8087 x209 or visit www.lopdell.org.nz
30th Aug: Piha Bowling Club : DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY - featuring top City covers Band ROUGH COPY - who have a wide reportoire and will please all, you will boogie the winter blues away! Tickets are $10 and includes a light supper - we are fundraising for summer projects at the Bowling Club - it will be a great night!

28th Aug 5pm for 5:30pm start: Beneath the Surface - Longfin eel.
You are invited to the Official Launch of Stream Kids & "Beneath the Surface" a talk by MP Meteria Turei  who will be speaking about the longfin eel and will screen a short film about the endangered animal, entitled "Longfin" 
For more details click on image on the left ................

27th Aug 9:50am: Wednesday Walks - Adventure at your back door.
Karamatura Loop Track.  Walk the recently upgraded Karamatura Loop Track and learn about the fascinating history and flora of the vellwy.  Meet 9:50am, Karamatura Valley (NOT Karamatura Farm) Carpark, Huia.  Grade easy. Costs $5. Walking time approx 2 hours. Only 20 spaces so book (essential) early.  More info HERE

24th Aug: Beach Valley Road - Weedfree Project
Beach Valley Road Weeding Day.

21st Aug 7:30pm: Painting Ourselves: Portraits of New Zealanders Lopdell House
A talk by Richard Wolfe - Free Richard will talk on the subject of his book, New Zealand Portraits, to be published later this year by Penguin (NZ).  Seats are strictly limited so please come early or book to ensure your place by phoning 817 8087 x209 or visit www.lopdell.org.nz

17th Aug: Coastcare Dune Planting
10am til about 11.30.
Meet a bit north of Lion Rock Corner on Marine Parade North.
Bring a spade or use one of ours.  Also bring gloves, and suitable footwear.

17th Aug: Total Sport - Xterra Trail Running.

The XTERRA Trail Running Series in Auckland, is made up of 6 events and will take participants to some very true & challenging places.  Over the years trails, gravel roads and coastal sections have taken competitors to Piha, Bethells, Huia, Whatipu, Woodhill, Muriwai, Stillwater, Whitford, Hunua & Riverhead.  No busy roads, just some fantastic scenery where competitors talk more about the courses than their times.  To be confirmed at Piha 17th August

16th Aug - 8pm: "The Making of Eden" - Lopdell House, Titirangi
A film and presentation from award winning film-maker Robin Kewell. This is a specially edited film for the night and will be accompanied with stories from behind the camera !!
See Lopdell house website for more information.

12 - 14th Aug 6.45 - 9pm  WICI: Waitakere Inform Challenge Inspire
Three evenings in a row and looks very interesting.  If anyone is interested and would like to car share just email.  Details here  WICI programme [80kb]pdf
9 - 10th Aug: Weekend Winter Art Intensive @ Corbans Estate Arts Centre
A weekend of stimulating workshops designed for students wishing to explore new ideas and extend themselves creatively in a group environment.
  • Understanding Oil - Melissa Anderson Scott
  • The photographers Eye - John Chapman
  • Design in the Home: The Art of Reusing - Katell Gelebart
  • Cloth Dolls - Claire Inwood
  • Elements (all levels) - Ingrid Dubbelt
  • Jewellery Courtse : Lo-Tech casting (all levels) - Brian Adam

More information: days, times, costs etc HERE

10th Aug 10am: Glenesk Road Planting Day

 The weeding has been done, the planting plan done so now it's time to plant - how exciting

Piha - Glenesk Road Revegetation Project HERE

9th Aug 2pm: Beer Homebrewing Contest: Piha Bowling Club. Minimum 2 bottles, 745ml or equivalent of the same brew.  Admission $5 per head includes snack food. 1st prize $100 plus shield and more.
9th Aug 7.30-9.30pm @ Lopdell House, Titirangi

To celebrate Colin McCahon's birthday and the anniversary of the opening of the McCahon House in Titirangi, the McCahon Trust and Lopdell House Gallery are hosting a special evening of debate and discussion.  A feisty group of critics, curators, writers and artists will come together to debate issues of Art in New Zealand. More details HERE


9th Aug 2pm: Frameless Life Opening at our West Coast Gallery

 FRAMELESS LIFE - paintings by CHINMAY PATEL  Chinamy Patel is 12 years old and for the last 4 years has been battling with leukaemia. These paintings tell his story - also see story at top of August above

2pm at the West Coast Gallery, Piha.

8th Aug - 7.30 pm: Piha RSA BLACK SAND DIVA - a jazz/blues combo  featuring local songstress Cat Tunks... No Cover charge . . .
8th Aug - 8pm:Settlers Film Club "The Wrecking Season" Old Settlers Hall, West Coast Road, Oratia.  The north coast of Cornwall (UK) is one of the best collection points in the world for long-haul drift. When a southwest gale blows for three days, artefacts and natural objects from across the world - from Labrador down to the Amazon Basin - wash up on these shores. Playwright Nick Darke came from generations of beachcombers, or 'wreckers'. He traced everything he found along the coastline back to its source, via the telephone and the internet. Over many years, he built up a unique picture of coastal communities around the Atlantic, making friends with fishermen, scientists, oceanographers and fellow beachcombers along the way. This film follows Nick onto the beach during one stormy winter and records all his discoveries, this is a tribute to a man of the sea, who sadly passed away shortly after the film was completed.   PLUS  "Cruel Sea" The story of the terrible night when the Penlee lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' was lost along with all her volunteer crew and the four souls they had rescued from the stricken freighter ?Union Star?. The RNLI crew launched in hurricane winds and 20m waves to rescue those on board but no one survived.  In all, 16 lives were lost that night.  The Royal National Lifeboat Institution opened its archives to assist in producing a comprehensive account of that tragic night. The film features archive footage, original VHF radio transmissions, eye-witness accounts and the testimony of family members, to tell a story which typifies the selfless commitment of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews. The RNLI says: "Cruel Sea is a fitting tribute to all RNLI crews who stand ready, 24 hours a day, to answer the call to save lives at sea."  Admission $10. Telephone Robin on  818 2489 to reserve a seat?we are limited to 70

1st Aug  Waitakere City Council hosting Big Latch On Waitakere City Council is delighted to host one of the city's world mass breastfeeding record attempts - the Big Latch On - on Friday, August 1.
 About 50 breastfeeding mothers are expected at the council building in Henderson at 10am, the same time other 'latch ons' are planned around the country.  The event, part of World Breastfeeding Week 2008, is being organised by the Women's Health Action Trust and is supported by the West Auckland Parents Centre. The women will attempt to break the New Zealand record set last year when 937 women breastfed simultaneously.

Last Minute Piha Accommodation Special Here

July '08:
Recycle Collection: 7th & 21st

Six Male Artists Celebrate Matariki - West Coast Gallery - Piha
"TE MUTUNGA ME TE TIMATANGA"  (the end and the beginning)
Dean Buchanan, Tony Dunn, Tui Eves, Pardo Jackson, Jon Paul & Zeke Wolf

21 June until 3 August @ Piha

Jul - 03 Aug: Ey! Iran, Contemporary Iranian Photography @ Lopdell House
For many in New Zealand, our understanding of contemporary Iran is immediately connected to images of conflict and tension. The perception that it is a culture closed to the west and culturally isolated is however dramatically changing, and artists and filmmakers have been at the cutting edge of this shift.
Ey! Iran presents the work of 17 artists working in photo media based both in Iran or as expatriates    More details HERE  Wow!

27th Jul 10am: Beach Valley Project Community Work Day . Starts, as usual, with coffee.

27th Jul 3pm: Post Office Update and Piha R and R Special General Meeiting - Barnett Hall
27th Jul 2pm: Piha Surf Life Saving Club AGM - Club House  Piha Surf Life Saving Club on the Web HERE
26th Jul 7pm: Forbidden Joe, Blank Sand Diva, Poroa and Fiona McEwen @ Titirangi Theatre  $20 FORBIDDEN JOE: Hailed by bFM radio as ?up and coming folk superstars?, their dynamic arrangements and funky grooves, spiced with influences of Jazz, Celtic, European and Soul will make for a quirky show of songs and tunes. The angsty vocals and smouldering tunes of Frances Dickinson (Concertina), the versatile and soulful grooves of Emily Giles (Cello) and the crankin' riffs of Alex Borwick (Banjo/Trombone) make up this one-of-kind musical menagerie. www.myspace.com/forbiddenjoe

24th Jul 9 - 12:30pm:  Upcoming Seminar: Artistic Ventures
This Arts Enterprise Seminar will offer useful professional advice for those starting out on a business venture in the arts. It will address questions such as, ?What structures do I need to create to support my inspiration, stay motivated and be successful??

Barbara Joy - Waitakere Enterprise Business Coach
Lorraine Blackley - Business Coach and Educator, Creative Adventures Ltd
Neil Ieremia - Artistic Director and Founder, Black Grace
Matther von Sturmer - Designer/Maker, MVS Studios
 CEAC Information  reception ph: 838 4455

Last Minute Piha Accommodation Special Here

10-27th July: New Zealand International Film Festival - Auckland

19 & 20th Jul 10 - 4pm: Craft Out West: The Trusts Stadium: Cafe, entertainment, fact painting, garden art, handmake chocolates & cookies (yum) jewellery, ceramics, Pacific arts etc. Proceeds to West Auckland Hospice.    Full list of stall holders HERE

5th - 19th Jul: The Full Monty @ Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre. Come and have a laugh and a cry with a group of unemployed steelworkers who turn to stripping under the "Hot Metal"! Great characters and music make this a must-see show!  Booking is essential i-ticket.co.nz details and tickets HERE
8th - 19th Jul: School Holidays: A great program here for all age groups. School Holiday Programmes in Waitakere City 
18th Jul - 8pm :Settlers Film Club 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John' Old Settlers Hall, West Coast Road, Oratia. 
Winner of 34 major awards since its release?.  The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America. Admission $10. Telephone Robin on  818 2489 to reserve a seat - we are limited to 70 ..so get yours booked now! tell your friends..if ever there was a film made to show in 'the valley' . . . this is it

10th & 17th Jul from 10:30: School Holiday Storytimes Glen Eden Library : Pow! Thwack! Zap! Slip on your cape and get ready to leap a tall building or two these school holidays as Waitakere Libraries celebrates superheroes!  More info
13th Jul - 10 - 2pm:  Oratia Settlers Market Oratia Settlers Hall 567 West Coast Rd Arts and Crafts Market. Produce, childrens playground, cafe, expresso coffee, collectables, arts and crafts, pickles sauces and chutneys and so much more.

12th Jul: Lactic Turkey "Huia" Rogaine:
These events offer a 3 hour or 6 hour rogaine using the extensive track network of the waitakere Ranges.

4th Jul 7.30: Piha Ratepayers and Residents Monthly Meeting @ Piha Library

June '08:
Recycle Collection:  9th & 23rd

24 May-15th Jun West Coast Gallery Piha - "Show us Ya Tatts"


Once again we will be part of the Auckland Festival of Photography and this year's subject will be tattoos.   This exhibition is open to all Waitakere photographers and limited to 2 entries per person,  Entry fee of $5 per photograph.   There?s plenty of bare skin around over summer so giving you all early warning to start ?shooting?.



28th June 8pm: The Glastonbury Film @ Oratia Settlers Hall. You can now to go to the Glastonbury Festival, without a carbon footprint, without the traffic jams, without pitching your tent in torr-ential rain, without the queues for toilets, without the MUD?.and without costing you over $400 for a ticket.!!. "One of the most absorbing and inspiring music films ever made" Certificate 16? Suitable for 16 year olds and above? (contains strong language and some drug use)  $10 or call Robyn on 098182489 and booking a ticket  in advance it will cost just $8 per adult, which includes refreshments.
27th June 7.30pm: Concert for the Birds - Glen Eden Playhouse Threatre. The Waitakere Branch of Forest & Bird invite you to. .  SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS Yuko Takahashi (mezzo soprano) with accompanist Setsuko Strang  Brent Read (tenor) with accompanist Sonia KaoJohn Paul Muir (pianist) Lee & Darrell Farley (jazz artists) The Mandolinata Orchestra Show West Singers (conductor Judy King) and supporting artists. Tickets  $25 adult $20 unwaged, $15 child Bookings phone 302 3902. Supported by Montana New Zealand and Bush & Beach  Glen Eden Playhouse on the net

23rd June 7 pm: The Great Waiatarua Mid-winter Xmas Dinner & Debate at the Waiatarua Community Hall 911 West Coast Road.  A riotous night - debate moot: "Size does matter" Affirmative: Kevin Healey, Christine Shepherd, Oliver Driver. Negative: Simon Prast, Penny Hulse, John Goude  Prepurchase tickets only $50 includes buffer dinner by 'Elke's food for thought' More details here
22nd June 10 am: Piha Beach Valley Road - Weedfree!  Our 3rd Community Working Bee is planned for this day.  All Beach Valley Road Residents or property owners are hugely welcome Look at the last turnout here: loads of fun

22nd June 11am-3pm: Music in the Gallery - New Zealand String Quartet's Classics Up Close Family Concerts  What happens when Goldilocks discovers that the three bears are musicians? Could the Pachelbear Canon provide a clue? And can a violin really hold a conversation? These and other questions will be answered at a unique series of Family concerts by the New Zealand String Quartet in Auckland in June 2008. A series of master-classes for talented local young musicians held locally by the New Zealand String Quartet culminates with two family More Info here
21th June 5.30-11pm: An evening event to celebrate 50 years of Maori Showbands. Titirangi War Memorial Hall. A 2-hour Maori Showband Concert with original showband performers featuring iconic steel guitar Extraordinaire Matua Ben Tawhiti. Doors open from 5:45pm for pre-concert drinks and Whakawhanaungatanga. After Concert Supper provided, drinks available (supported by Hoani Waititi Kohanga Reo) $20 incl supper Limited Tickets For more information Waiora Arama Tel:8368000 ext 8507
21th June 7.30-10pm: Maori Short Films. Lopdell House. To celebrate Matariki we showcase local film making talent by presenting work by filmmakers Geoff Clendon and Simon Marler in Lopdell House Theatre.  Geoff Clendon's short film Poroporoaki (Farewell) is set in the late 19th Century and is the story of a Pakeha settler and his Maori wife, dealing in different ways with the drowning of their nine year old son. Geoff lives in Titirangi and teaches drama at Massey High School and will give a short talk about the film.. . . . . More info here

20th June 8 pm: Waitakere Music Showcase Flax Cafe, Kiwi Valley. $10 on door, 8pm start. Starring: 8pm Lynn Walters 8.30 Daniel Munro 9pm John Goudge 9.30 Sheltana Food and bar available Bookings are available at Flax Café on 8381055

15th Jun 10 am: POSTPONED This year's Dune planting will take place on Sunday June 15th at 10am, Meet at the accessway opposite 129 Marine Parade (Bev Holt's A-frame). This is easy work for children to participate in. They like being in charge of the fertilizer pellet for each plant! Piha Coastcare on the Web

14th Jun 10-12am or 2-4pm: Piha Family First First Aid Courses. Piha is just that little bit further away from medical help which makes it all the more important to know the basics of emergency care.  Two hour intensive sessions covering infant/child CPR, mouth to mouth, poisoning, cuts/bleeding, choking...pretty much everything.

Costs $35 per person. A bargain for the training. Thanks to Piha Preschool for letting us use their space.  Please book asap, one place left for morning session, more available in the afternoon. As it is such an intensive course Dawn requests that folks come without bubbas or children.

Tutor Dawn is great, very experienced. Check out Family First Aid here  or email me: Anissa 

8th Jun 1pm: Matariki: Piha Preschool Fundraiser @ Barnett Hall Fun family day for the Community Hangi and pig on a spit Kapa Haka group Cash bar Tickets: Adults $15 and kids $10, door sales available
7th Jun 10 am: Weedfree Garden Road - Piha The first 2008 winter working bee will be on Sunday June 8th at 10am on the Apex site (approach from either Garden Road or Seaview Road). For more info contact Pat 8128 202  Piha Coastcare on the Web
7th Jun 11 am: Walk of Fame - Civic Centre Henderson Valley Road. Come along and witness the unveiling of three new stones for local famous "westies" on Waitakere City's Walkway of Fame. Paul Radisich, Karen Walker & Oscar Knightley. 
7th Jun: Lactic Turkey "Piha" Rogaine:
These events offer a 3 hour or 6 hour rogaine using the extensive track network of the waitakere Ranges.

7th Jun: Matariki Matariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or The Seven Sisters;  and what is referred to as the traditional Maori New Year.
Matariki Festival online including program of events
6th Jun 7:30pm: Piha Ratepayers and Residents Meeting.  Piha Community Library 7:30.  All financial members may attend.

5th Jun  7-9.30 am: World Environment Day Celebration. Celebrate Sustainability!
Come to Henderson Train Station from 7:30-9:30am on Thursday 5th June to celebrate World Environment Day with us and receive a free gift (while stocks last), enjoy the entertainment and look at our displays.  United Nations Environment Program HERE

2nd Jun 10 am: Piha Streamside This project site (in Beach Valley Road near the intersection with Seaview Road) has been an outstanding success. However, the weeds are still managing
to break through. We will have a weeding bee here on Queen?s Birthday. Bring the family. BBQ sausages to finish Piha Coastcare on the Web
1st Jun 7:30pm: Piha & Waitakere Volcano - Dr Bruce Hayward talks about formation of the landscapes of The Ranges.  Barnett Hall, North Piha. Koha.  Dr Bruce Hayward is a geologist who has spent decades researching the formation of the Waitakere Ranges.  His profusely illustrated and fascinating talk takes us on a journey of millions of years during which one of New Zealand's larges volcanoes, the Waitakere Volcano, just off the West Coast, erupted intermittently, shaping hte Waitakere Ranges.  You will never see Piha nd Karekare again with the same eyes!

May '08:
Recycle Collection:  12th & 26th
Inorganic Collection: 12th - 16th May   What IS and is NOT collected information HERE
Surf Life Savers are off duty now until next season

26 Apr - 18 May: West Coast Gallery - Piha
 Heather Meg - Paintings 
Opening on Anzac Day in Piha

11 Apr - 11 May: Marica McEwan 'HMS Neptune' Corbans Estate Arts Centre
An installation in memoriam to the 150 New Zealand sailors who lost their lives on board the HMS Neptune in December 1941.
The repetition of daily tasks combine with loss and grief in an uncomfortable alliance, to portray a powerful message about the impact of war and combat.
Various Artists

11 Apr - 11 May: Trish Campbell 'A Tour of Duty' Corbans Estate Arts Centre
Tour of Duty pays tribute to the domestic warrior. An accolade for our mothers and fathers who dedicated themselves to a lifetime of service in raising their children and all that encompasses. It is an acknowledgement of all the hours of unsung, repetitive, loving duty performed by the heroes of everyday life.

30th May 7-9pm: Contemporary Maori Short Film @ Corban Estate Art Centre.

Entry $6 (pre-booked), or $8 on the door (no eftpos available)

As part of the Matariki celebrations, Corban Estate Arts Centre presents a Contemporary Maori Film Night in association with the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and curated by Leo Kolziol.

More information HERE

30th May: Flicks @ Titirangi - Four Minutes 7:15 - 10:30pm Lopdell House, Titirangi  Jenny is young but her life is over. She has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When a 80-year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was.

25th May 10 am: Piha Beach Valley Road - Weedfree!  A follow-up community event is planned for Sunday May 25th at 10.00 am. Word on the street is that if you turn up early in your working clothes in the vicinity of number 54, you might get a coffee to help you on your way!
You may even get lunch too. (Details later) 

For more info contact Bobbie on 8128 758 or Pat on 8128 202 Piha Coastcare on the Web

25th May 10-1pm: stARTup Launch - Lopdell House New kids art club stARTup is launching on Sunday 25 May (market day), in the Lopdell House Studio. Our new monthly art club for ages 6-12 will run for 3 hours every market day for the year. Join early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited. email Iona Matheson here
18th May 10 am: Piha Glenesk Revegetation Project The inaugural event is Sunday, May 18th, beginning at 10am with weeding at the intersection of Glenesk and Seaview, and concluding with a BBQ in the recently upgraded ARC Park about 50 metres along the road. For more info contact Yvonne Cleverley on 8128 381 / 817 3342 or Pat on 8128 202 Piha Coastcare on the Web
18th May 2.15-4pm: David Kennedy: Force of Nature ? A Talk by James McNeish Acclaimed writer James McNeish takes time out from appearing at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival to talk about artist David Kennedy and his work, currently exhibiting in the gallery. Arrive early to secure your seat.
17th May 8 - 11am: Giant Garage Sale.  Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School Helios Place (off Lainghom Dr), Titirangi, Bargains Galore. Clothing, Books, (50 cents/item $5/bag), Toys, Cds, Videos/DVDs, Kitchen utensils/appliances, electronics, sports equipment, furniture, furnishings, etc Sausage Sizzle and reshments too! 

15th May 7.30pm: Limerick Competition @ Lopdell House. What fun! More details here
11th May : Oratia Settlers Market - 'Mothers Day Market' 10am - 2pm.  Oratia Settlers Hall 567 West Coast Rd, Oratia Fabulous market with local arts and crafts. This is a lovely country feel market with locally made arts and crafts, plants, chocolates, loads of gifts for Mothers Day.  We have a cafe, lots of yummy foods and a playground for the littlies.
11th May Mother's Day @ 4pm: Music Mainly for Strings.  Glen Eden Playhouse 15 Glendale Rd. More details here
>>> 10th May: Ladies Who Lunch - Waiatarua Hall $20 
is about the wives of three of the world's richest men who meet for lunch to do charity work, but then decide to use inside information from the unwitting husbands so they can play the stock market to raise millions by insider deal
9th May: Shaolin Kempo: Barnett Hall. Two classes to cater for different age groups.  Group 1 4-7 year olds and Group 2 8+ years. Program instructors nationally recognised Kempo and Tai Chi Master Teacher Quintin Derham (7th degree black belt) and Danny Gordon (4th degree black belt). Subsidised by PIHA Kids Charitable Trust.  More information, registration, etc HERE
8th May 10-11am: Books for Babies Launch.  Massey Library 545 Don Buck Road Come along and support the launch of Books for Babies at the Massey Library. Enjoy our celebrity story-time with TVNZ newsreader Simon Dallow and award-winning author Dorothy Butler and have some morning tea.

5th May - 7pm: Lemi Ponifasio - newly conferred Waitakere Arts Laureate @ ArtSpeak FREE. 
left: Requiem, by Lemi Ponifasio, Vienna, 2006
Lemi is the artistic director and founder of 'MAU'; an internationally known dance company which is based at the Corbans Estate Art Centre. Lemi was awarded the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship for 2008 and will speak about his work and the principales that drive MAU's visions.

4th May: WCC / Piha Coastcare - a pilot project to trial a neighbourhood approach,
As many people have highlighted how weeds coming from their neighbours, including sometimes Council land, makes the task harder.  We are therefore asking the question: 'Is it possible to work with all the neighbours in an area to get the best result, and what would it take for this to happen?  Glen Esk Road contact Yvonne Cleverley (8128 381 or 817 3342).   and Beach Valley Road Bobbie Carroll (8128758 021 969924).  Council Weed Bins will be clearly marked.  Let give it heaps.

April '08:
Recycle Collection: 14th & 28th
Surf Life Savers are off duty now until next season BUT
Ours at Piha have volunteered to stay patrolling until the weekend of April 27th.  How lucky are we? 
Thanks guys and girls - you're magic

29 Mar - 20 Apr West Coast Gallery (Piha) Niki Price
 Paper Funk
Piha's Art Gallery is a great place to visit.  Spent $10 or $10,000!

11 Apr - 11 May: Marica McEwan 'HMS Neptune' Corbans Estate Arts Centre
An installation in memoriam to the 150 New Zealand sailors who lost their lives on board the HMS Neptune in December 1941.
The repetition of daily tasks combine with loss and grief in an uncomfortable alliance, to portray a powerful message about the impact of war and combat.
Various Artists

11 Apr - 11 May: Trish Campbell 'A Tour of Duty' Corbans Estate Arts Centre
Tour of Duty pays tribute to the domestic warrior. An accolade for our mothers and fathers who dedicated themselves to a lifetime of service in raising their children and all that encompasses. It is an acknowledgement of all the hours of unsung, repetitive, loving duty performed by the heroes of everyday life.

3 - 19 Apr: Peach Theatre Company presents: Blood Brothers by Billy Russell.


 Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre


A group of us went to the opening night - a truly great production - not to be missed.


 $28 / $25


More in HERE


Photo: Bobbie Carroll

30th Apr 1.30pm Lopdell House Gallery  Mozart¹s String Quartet K 458 'The Hunt'
27th Apr Midday: Tsunami Warning Testing:  The Tsunami Sirens will be tested at midday.  The testing sequence will be: Alert Signal (dash dash dot dot : turn on your radio) for 1 minute then 15 second pause followed by evacuate signal (dot dot dot continuous Take off to a safe zone) for 1 minute and another 15 second pause.  Finally the all clear signal (continuous tone : return home) for 1 minute and the test is complete.  From 2009 the warning system will be tested at midday on Sundays commencing and finishing of daylight saving.  Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre HERE
27th Apr - It's also my birthday  -:)  My Mum thought it was a tsunami when I arrived !!!

25th Apr 1:45pm: ANZAC DAY at Piha
Join Mayor Bob Harvey and Roger Curtice, President Piha RSA
for muster at the RSA at 1:45 ready to march at 2pm.
There is no better place to be on Anzac Day - Piha!
The Piha Community Library have a fabulous ANZAC display including 1st World War prints found at the tip by one of Solid Waste's staff. Well worth seeing:
This is what is on the cover of the folder they were found in:
Dedicated to our Hero Comrades
Sketches made at Anzac during occupation of that Portion of the Gallipoli Peninsula by the Imperial Forces by
Sapper H. Moore-Jones NZE 1915
22nd - 25th Apr: Anzac Display at Piha Community Library

We are preparing for our annual "ANZAC MEMORIAL" display at the Piha Library. It does not glorify war but pays tribute to the men and women of the Anzac forces, Medicos, Home Guard and Work Forces who all did their bit in those times.

20th Apr 9.30am: Merv Otto RSA triples Tournament -Piha Bowling Club


Entries limited so be in quick! 


President: Janet 8128 838 or Club 8128 845.  Fax 8128848


Entry fee $36 per team includes green fee, morning & afternoon tea plus Steak BBQ lunch - what a deal!


If you aren't a bowler just go down and watch - its fun.




19th Apr: Coastal Grooves: Rain Day Sun 20th: Coastal Grooves is a music and Arts event being held at Piha on the 19th April. The event is designed to create awareness of emerging talent in New Zealand and in the process, raise funds for the local community.  All funds raised from Coastal Grooves will be gifted to the local Arts community and Piha Coastcare. FREE !

12th Apr- 7pm > 1am: Masquerade Ball - Barnett Hall, North Piha
Masks essential for entry !!!
Masks for sale at West Coast Gallery
Masks for sale at the door on the night.
Costumes encouraged - Prizes awarded.
Cash bar and Cafe
Prepurchased tickets $20 - at the door $25
Tickets at West Coast Gallery or Gecko,Titirangi Village
Enquiries: 8128 029 West Coast Gallery - Piha
11 - 13th Apr: Surf Life Saving Northern Region 75th Jubilee Weekend
The Heritage Hotel Auckland's hosts the Cocktail Function and Jubilee Dinner
Early registration, $140pp, advised - limited places!
Registration 'packages' available.

11 - 13th Apr: Adventure Girls Weekend at Piha Adventure Girls Weekend at Piha
11th Apr - 7pm: Will Waitakere Survive Royal Commission?  Public Meeting held by our Waitakere Community Board Waiatarua Hall. The intention of this meeting is to help you to formulate your  submissions and to let you know what the Council's position is.  Waitakere Community Board members will be present to hear your  viewpoints and, although there is no intention to arrive at a single  position from the meeting, it will be helpful to the Board to hear  your thoughts. Council staff and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse will attend.
11th Apr - 3.15pm: Lopdell House: Kay Raynor and illustrator Jonathon Raynor-Burt  launch children's book 'The Pipsies' Volume 1.  Children are encouraged to join in and listen to readings from the book and watch Jonathan's illustrating in action. Free entry with giveaways.
7 - 10th Apr: NZ Fire Service National Surf-riding Championships.
Following the success of the Inaugural NZFS Surf riding Championships in March 2004 it was agreed that this should become an annual event


Looks like the Fire Service guys are going to be based at Piha Bowling Club.


Full details  HERE

7th Apr - 9am: Cruise  the Manukau with Stanley:

Highly revered painter and printmaker Stanley Palmer's book 'To The Harbour' has been short-listed for the New Zealand Post Book Children's Awards. To celebrate this success and to recognise International Children's Book Day, Lopdell House Gallery and Manukau Harbour Cruises will take you on a magical two-hour cruise, with Stanley himself as your guide, to visit his special places. Tickets cost $40 and include morning coffee. Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Depart from French Bay at 9am 

5th - 6th Apr: New Zealand Billabong Grom Series Final in Piha:
6th Apr - 3am: Daylight Saving Ends: 3am becomes 2am but you're allowed to change your clocks before you go to bed rather than sit up!!! LOL

4th Apr - 7:30pm: Piha Ratepayers & Residents Monthly Meeting @ Piha Community Library. Some people from Waitakere Council are attending this meeting to talk about The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill and in particular the Local Area Plans (LAP's) that are part of it. Here is the document.  Select Committee Report to the House 17/5/07 pdj [227kb]
2nd Apr: Landmark Legislation Passed to Preserve Ranges  Waitakere City Council has applauded the passing of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008 as a significant landmark that will have a positive impact for many generations to come.

The Act was passed after it's third reading in parliament tonight.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says the new Act will preserve the unique character and heritage of the communities that make up the Waitakere Ranges- from Whatipu to Titirangi, from Oratia to Piha and from Swanson to Bethells Beach.

Mr Harvey says the new Act will help meet the great challenge of maintaining the character of the rural, coastal and bush areas of the Ranges which are right on the doorstep of New Zealand?s biggest and fastest growing region.   Read the full article HERE

March '08:
Recycle Collection:  3rd, 17th & 31st

1st - 23rd: West Coast Art Gallery Piha: 
Calling all Waitakere Artists for our summer community exhibition - will be 'In Ya Face'  mixed media portrait show. 
Paint, photograph, sculpture, ceramics someone you love, someone you love to hate, your pet, yourself. 
Size restriction of 30cm x 40cm (A3). $5 entry fee, max 2 entries per person. Work to be at the Gallery by 25th Feb.

Every Friday Evening: Piha Bowling Club:


Join Aldyth, Keith and Barbara (left), if you dare, at casual Friday nights.  Visitors welcome.  Have a meal and drink first or get straight into it.


The Piha Bowling Club is very friendly and welcomes visitors.





31st Mar 1.30pm Lopdell House Gallery The first of our series of free lunchtime concerts called Music in the Gallery. Timed to coincide with the start of the Titirangi Festival of Music the first concert features Schubert¹s String Quartet in C Major  Lopdell House Web
29 - 30th Mar: Corona Super 16 Final Event @ Piha Beach:
Event 6 on the Corona Crown Series.  A showdown of epic proportions looms this weekend as the final event of the Corona Crown Series climaxes at Auckland?s Piha Beach.  For the first time the Quinn brothers look set to battle it out for the ultimate prize in domestic surfing.  Maz Quinn (Gis) is currently leading the ratings and has his fate in his own hands should he win the final event ? the Corona Super 16.  More info HERE

29th Mar 1 - 5pm: Titirangi Festival of Music Tangiwai Reserve Huia Rd, Woodlands
The power of two will see the collaboration of Waitakere's most celebrated music events.   Waitakere Sounds' closing concert will host the opening festivities of the Titirangi Festival of Music 08. Bring the whole family and experience an afternoons celebration of West Auckland music (TFM Opening Ceremony 12noon) Performers include Mamaku Project, Mahinarangi Tocker, One Million Dollars, Ropehead Rhythms Sound System.

27th Mar 7.30pm Lopdell House Gallery 'The Climate Change Swindle' Ken Ring Titirangi's weather man A talk called 'The Climate Change Swindle' which will be both interesting and challenging. Ken is a local icon and its bound to be very popular. Celebrate World Meteorological Day   Entry is free, all welcome.
25nd Mar 5pm: Meeting re Piha, Garden Road Pond plans: 
All Piha folk were invited to attend this meeting - details on Village Voice HERE

22nd Mar 10am - 1pm: Cafe in Piha: Information Day on Site
Find out more information about the Cafe in Piha: Site Plans, landscaping plans etc all there for you to see.
10am - 1pm on site

21st Mar 7pm: 'Gone West' Sandra Coney talks about Piha's Kauri Bushmen and the First World War.
Free at Barnett Hall, North Piha.  Organised by Protect Piha Heritage

20 - 24th: Royal Easter Show - ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.

16th 1 - 5pm: Concert in the Park - Henderson Park (behind Corbans Estate): For the first time ever, the well established BFM Summer Series will venture into the 'burbs' to partner up with Waitakere Sounds and host a music filled, family day featuring some of BFM's hottest acts. Brought to you by 95BFM 2008 Programme
16th - 9.30: Auckland's Around the Bays
HSBC Round the Bays has been an annual event in Auckland since 1972, when the Auckland Joggers Club initiated it. The first run attracted 1200 participants and has now grown to be one of the world's largest fun-runs with nearly 40,000 registered runners and an estimated 70,000 participants.
16th West Coast Soap Box Derby This will be the fifth annual Westgate Soap Box Derby. Over 22 schools taking part in a day?s fast and thrilling racing, where students participate in the creation and racing of their very own soap box cars. It all makes one amazing day of thrilling racing action. More details HERE
16th 1 - 5pm: 95bfm Summer Series - Henderson Park
Tenement Yard, The Managers, Batucada Sound Machine, State of Mind. Bring chilly bins and your favourite picnic blanket.  FREE

16th 9:30am: Piha Bowling Club Open Triples Tournament: The Luck of the Irish 1st Prize $600, 2nd $300 and 3rd $100. Entry fee $12. Dress - Creams.  Morning and afternoon tea provided and lunchavailable.  Contact Club Piha Bowling Club 8128 845

8th & 9th: ROARING 40's at Piha Beach: Yes the wonderful Roaring 40's date is set.  What fun!
I love the 2008 T-shirt,   What a fabulous surf weekend - my favourite weekend in Piha for sure.  Bobbie

9th 10am - 4pm: EcoDay Olympic Park, New Lynn. (Cnr Wolverton and Portage Roads) More details HERE
8th - 22nd: Kiss Me Kate Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden
Literate,witty and tuneful, this musical features Cole Porter's finest score and was his most successful Broadway show.

7th & 8th: Pasifika Festival - Western Springs  Pasifika details here
1st - 11am-4pm: Auckland's Teddybear Picnic
The 26th annual Teddy bears Picnic in the Auckland Domain
An absolute favourite for kiddies and adults.

1st - 10am: Art on the Beach from Lopdell House:
A fun, free, family event featuring the Wild Theatre production Fishing for Shadows. This is a unique interactive theatre show and puppetry installation with performances at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.

Terrible shame the weather outside of Piha was so bad that the usual crowds didn't come.  Never mind because those that did had a great time.
Left: The kiddies had a ball with this interactive show.
Below is a very different sand castle I spotted on the beach.  Whoever made it - I loved it.

2nd 10-3pm: Toddlers Day Out Trusts Stadium, Henderson. Toddler Day Out and Great Parenting Fair is on again in Waitakere ? a day of free fun for children under five (and their brothers and sisters) as well as their parents , uncles and aunties and grandparents. Bring a picnic (or there is some food to purchase if you wish). Lots more information HERE

1st & 2nd - 10 - 4pm: Waitakere Artists' Open Studio weekend. Artists will be opening their home studios or joining in cluster groups for the public to view their work, see them in action, purchase artwork and learn about the creative processes FREE  More Details here

1st 2pm: West Coast Art Gallery Piha - Opening of "In Ya Face" We are planning a celebration with body and face painters, ta moko, cartoonists, music, entertainment.  It is possible that Lopdell House is planning its 'Art on the Beach' this same day, so it could be a 'big day out' at Piha

Recycle Collection: 4th & 18th

2 - 24th: Zeke Wolf "The Weta Dreams" @ West Coast Gallery Piha. 

Eagerly anticipated new work from Zeke.  A very popular west coast artist who?s paintings and ceramics are eagerly sort after.  He always surprises, shocks, and delights.

Every Friday Evening: Piha Bowling Club:


Join Aldyth, Keith and Barbara (left), if you dare, at casual Friday nights.  Visitors welcome.  Have a meal and drink first or get straight into it.


The Piha Bowling Club is very friendly and welcomes visitors.




Every Sat 9-12: Oratia Farmers Market - Rain or Shine:

Authentic farmers' market at Artisan Wines, 99 Parrs Cross Rd. Good coffee, breakfast, EFTPOS, toilets, buskers etc. A farmers' market is a produce market selling food produce and food products, fresh flowers, plants and compost. The products are sourced locally and sold by the producer. The aim is to provide a venue for local food producers to sell their product directly to the public.
29th- 8:30-10:30pm: Flicks @ Titirangi. Lopdel House, Titirangi Theatre. The occasional cinema returns on Friday 29 February with the multi-award winning After the Wedding

23rd 1- 4pm: Portrait Workshops @ Barnett Hall, North Piha for children with Mandy Patmore.  $5 fee - all materials supplies.  All work produced will be eligible for the exhibition - 'In Ya Face'
23rd 7:30pm: SkyCity Starlight Symphony. An unforgettable summer evening of incredible classical music and entertainment from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a massed choir and talented instrumentalists. Auckland Domain - FREE
23rd 11-2pm: Go West Launch. Civic Square, Waitakere City Council, Henderson Valley Road, Waitakere City.  We're changing!! 'Go West' is the new name for local West Auckland bus company. Come and join us celebrates our launch Spacifix is coming! Free concert, giveaways, sausage sizzle, ice cream for kids, bouncy castle and bus rides. FREE

23 - 24rd: Piha Big Wave Classic - NZ Surf Boat Series-Round Four - Piha Beach  
A day of huge fun in Piha

22 - 24th: Auckland Lantern Festival: Hundreds of lanterns will light up Auckland?s Albert Park for three nights, welcoming in the new Year of the Rat. Albert Park FREE Lantern Festival details here
22nd: Freshup Day of the Giants: 4 best of Australia against 4 best of NZ: Australian Crews: Jac Juc, Lorne, North Curl Curl, McMasters.  New Zealand Crews: Titahi Bay, Piha, Mt Maunganui White, Mt Maunganui Yellow.
22nd: Don't buy Petrol Day: Someone sent this to me so here it is: It has been calculated that if everyone in NZ did not purchase a drop of petrol for one day and all at the same time, the oil companies would choke on their stockpiles.  At the same time it would hit the entire industry with a net loss of over 4.6 billion dollars (I don't have time to check those figures - Bobbie) which affets the bottom lines of the oil companies.

17th - 9am: Coastcare are holding another weeding working bee Cnr Beach Valley and Seaview Road: The earlier time is because it gets so hot!! If you would like to start earlier, I will be there by 8.30 at the latest. The plan is to weed close to the plants so that a weed eater (scrub bar) can safely clear the areas in between without damaging the plants.   Bring: Spade, pick etc, or use ours. Also, strong footwear and gloves

We are proud to have our garden feature in the 2008  Heroic Garden Festival.
Open from 10am - 6pm each day.  Tickets, $30 to visit 22 gardens.
Featuring art from West Coast Gallery and Claire Inwood's dolls all for sale. EFTPOS available.

16th 1- 4pm: Portrait Workshops @ Barnett Hall, North Piha for children with Mandy Patmore.  $5 fee - all materials supplies.  All work produced will be eligible for the exhibition - 'In Ya Face'
13th:  Australia said 'Sorry'

9th: 9amThundercat Racing North Piha
Round 4 of the National Series sees the Thundercats take to the waters of North Piha. Get along and witness the thrills and spills as crews battle each other and the demanding surf of North Piha. A great weekend of family viewing of fast and furious action.

6th 12 noon: YES! Campaign for a Cafe in Piha!
At last count 165 signed a petition at this
'Yes! we want a Cafe in Piha' Rally. Many more, who could not attend, send messages of support.
Piha turned out in their numbers to show that the majority of Piha say 'YES!' to a Cafe in Piha. 

6th 1 - 5pm: Concert in the Park - Parrs Park: An outstanding line up of musical talent will launch this summers series of free community concerts. Multi-Tui Award winner and APRA Silver Scroll winner Greg Johnson will spoil the west with all his hits plus more from his recent album. Supported by Waitakere's own songwriting talent Lucid 3. All topped off with West Auckland's favorite party man Jordan Luck - who needs no further introduction! 2008 Programme

6th - Waitangi Day:  For the first time in Auckland's history, local iwi Ngati Whatua o Orakei and Auckland City Council will collaborate to host a free Waitangi Day celebration at Okahu Bay on 6 February. This free family event, enriched with tradition, culture, food, art and live entertainment, is the first major zero-waste event in Auckland city. More details.
6th 1 - 5pm: Waitakere Sounds - Waitangi Day Concert - Parrs Park
An outstanding line up of musical talent which will launch this year's Waitakere Sounds series of free community concerts.  This concerts includes the sounds of multi Tui Award winner and APRA Silver Scroll winner Greg Johnson, supported by Waitakere's own songwriting talent, Lucid 3. These performances will be topped off with Waitakere's favourite party man, Jordan Luck.
3rd 11-1.30pm:Sir Algernon Thomas Green & Stedfast Park Open Day: Learn abut the history of these two parts of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) invites you to explore these two areas of parkland within the Glen Esk Valley Piha.  Enjoy a guided tour of Stedfast Park and a BBQ lunch at Sir Algernon Thomas Green.  Meet at Sir Algernon Thomas Green, left hand side, Glen Esk Road, Piha 11am - Sir Algernon was Auckland. University?s first professor of geology and botany

2nd 1- 4pm: Portrait Workshops @ Barnett Hall, North Piha with Robin Binsley.  $10 fee - all materials supplies. This is an adults session - kiddies on 16th &23rd
2nd 11 - 4pm Teddy Bears' Picnic @ Auckland Domain Teddy Bears' Picnic details here

January '07:
Recycle Collection: 7th & 21st
1st - 27th West Coast Art Gallery present Terry Prince

TERRY PRINCE - is an artist living in Oratia.  His work is currently exhibited in galleries from Piha  to  Parnell, as well as being held in private collections.   An ex student of Garth Tapper and Ralph Venables,

Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 - 5pm
Credit Card accepted.

Every Sat 9-12: Oratia Farmers Market - Rain or Shine:
Authentic farmers' market at Artisan Wines, 99 Parrs Cross Rd. Good coffee, breakfast, EFTPOS, toilets, buskers etc. A farmers' market is a produce market selling food produce and food products, fresh flowers, plants and compost. The products are sourced locally and sold by the producer. The aim is to provide a venue for local food producers to sell their product directly to the public.

27th: RMS Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Training
Step forward and make a world of difference in the New Year!!!! Take this opportunity to become one of our volunteers supporting refugees in their resettlement, and gain new friends and experience in a cross cultural environment.
27th:  Piha Ratepayers and Residents Assn Annual General Meeting.  Barnett Hall 7:30pm. Agenda pdf HERE
26th: Piha Tennis Club: Round Robin Competition. Contact Secretary Sandra Coney 8128 156
22nd 11:45: Waitakere hosting a commemoration service for Sir Edmond Hillary
Renowned former All Black Va'aiga Inga Tuigamala is helping organise a commemoration service for Sir Edmund Hillary next Tuesday with assistance from the Waitakere City Council.

The public is invited to attend Waitakere's commemoration service, which will be held at the Waitakere City Council?s civic square and will begin at 11.45am ? coinciding with Sir Ed's national funeral.

The service will be addressed by Inga Tuigamala and
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, as Mayor Bob Harvey will be attending Sir Edmund Hillary's State funeral in Auckland city.

Mayor Harvey knew Sir Ed personally and describes him as :"humble, generous and the epitome of that old fashioned term 'gentleman'".

"We have lost a truly great New Zealander," Mayor Harvey says.

At the service, 88 white doves will be released ? one to mark each year of the peace advocate Sir Edmund Hillary's life.

Sir Edmund owned a holiday home for many years at Anawhata on Waitakere's west coast  a beach he described as 'the most beautiful place on the planet'.

In his book Westies Mayor Harvey wrote that he remembered 'Ed's huge sense of fun, tempered by wisdom and care for others' to all New Zealanders Sir Edmund Hillary is more than just the face on the five dollar note, he is someone special: a father figure of the nation, a colossus in our lifetime?.

There will be a condolence book available for the public to leave their personal tributes to Sir Ed and the ceremony will finish at midday.

Monday 22nd - Friday 23rd January 2008
Corban Estate Arts Centre is proud to offer these dynamic workshops in the art of DJing with Ned Roy, B-Boy Dance with Norman Skeen (a.k.a Rawstylez), Graffiti Art with Dan Tippett, VJing with Tom Bogdanowicz (a.k.a TommeeT) and Scratch film with Prue Cunningham. Call now or visit our website for more information.
19th ? Big slips on the Beach Valley side of Lagoon behind Bowling Club
I got a fright driving to the Bowler and saw these slips behind it on the other side of the Lagoon.
These two slips, if they continue, might cause real problems if they redirect the lagoon water.
On the Domain side and up a little there has been another rather slip taking two Pohutukawa with it.
Photo by Bobbie - arrows by Bobbie too!

19th - 9am: Wild Turkey Off Road Half Marathon & 16km
Classed as "Auckland's toughest off road adventure run", this event is for walkers and runners and as well as the half marathon also has a 16km option. Based at the southern end of the Waitakere ranges at Whatipu the course takes you along the beach, turning inland just after Pararaha Point. Follow the Pararaha Stream (over boulders and old Kauri dams, through rock pools, and up small waterfalls) up to the highest point of the race then drop back down into Whatipu.

18th: Johnny Depp visits Piha Beach - Aucklands famous Surf Beach. Herald article on Johnny Depp at Piha
18th: Bjork and Rage Against the Machine band members were at Piha Beach - they kicked back there before facing the crowds at Big Day Out.

Monday 14th - Friday 18th January 2008
Tutors: Donna Demente - 'Mask Making', David Reid - 'Bronze Casting', Claire Inwood - 'InDOLLgence', John Radford - 'Putting into Form', Ingrid Dubbelt - 'Screen Prints for Summer', Melissa Anderson Scott - 'Understanding Oil Painiting', Beth Serjeant - 'Paperworks' Call now or visit our website for more information.
13th 1pm: Piha Community Centre Society Inc (Barnett Hall, Piha Community News etc) Special Meeting and AGM Reconvened. . . .  for some weird reason the AGM had to be halted thinking there was not a quorum but turned out there was. . . ???
How many in Piha, especially new residents, are aware our hall is one of very few in the city that is community owned, so it is up to the community to look after it if they wish to keep it that way.  It's a great assett so maybe you would like to do a stink on the Committee?   Just turn up.  :)    .pdf Notice HERE with full details
13th: Piha Tennis Club: Veterins Competition. Contact Secretary Sandra Coney 8128 156

6th 10:30am: Funky Monkeys are coming to Piha - Attention all kids !!!  The Funky Monkeys are NZ?s very own super musical group for kids. They believe that the real essence of their shows is ?letting kids be kids?, and aim to provide entertainment that is fun for all ages and educational in the academic and emotional sense. They will be performing in Piha at the campground on January 6. So come and have some fun!! A huge thanks to Fiona at the Piha Campground for covering the booking fee.


For a history of Piha Happenings prior to 2008 GO HERE


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