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There has been some talk about surf breaks at Piha Beach be­ing de­stroyed by man’s in­ter­fer­ence. There are two cases I’m aware of.

One, the unau­tho­rised stonewalling of the creek that flows on to the beach. Pre­vi­ously it spread out nat­u­rally caus­ing no prob­lems. A cer­tain lo­cal had prob­lems with ero­sion of his land from that creek in flood so stonewalled that creek to en­cour­age bet­ter flow and cleans­ing of the silt that to some ex­tent blocked the flow of that creek.

Two, au­thor­i­ties planted up the sand dunes at Piha to sta­bilise the dunes in front of the car park and built con­tained walk­ways which en­cour­aged dune build up.

Surfers no­ticed an im­me­di­ate de­te­ri­o­ra­tion to the off­shore banks that gen­er­ated good left and right breaks. These guys re­ally protested this is­sue.

I am a re­tired surfer at the age of 83 who surfed for 30 years with my two sons. We have seen the nat­u­ral build up of off­shore banks and their dis­ap­pear­ance nat­u­rally but I’m sure this is has­tened by mans’ in­ter­fer­ence. ERIC STRICKETT Massey


A func­tion was held at The Falls restau­rant spon­sored by the BNZ and Rose­bank Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion to hon­our Bryan and Pat Heron for a life­time award for busi­ness and gen­eros­ity. The Herons were own­ers of Heron Plumb­ing for 50 years un­til 2011 and trained more than 200 ap­pren­tices.

The cou­ple were part of Surf Life Sav­ing, sports clubs, schools, and many wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tions. Bryan and in later years, Pat, were well known in var­i­ous cir­cles. They were ma­jor spon­sors for the Trusts Arena, Waita¯ kere Athletics Club, West Auck­land Surf Life Sav­ing Club, Red Beach Surf Life Sav­ing Club and var­i­ous Her­itage Trusts to name a few.

Bryan has the Rotary Paul Har­ris Fel­low medal, The Queen’s NZ Or­der of Merit, Li­ons Clubs awards, var­i­ous plumb­ing awards, the Waita¯ kere Mil­le­nium for Ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and var­i­ous life mem­ber­ships.

They are both life mem­bers of the Waita¯ kere Busi­ness Hall of Fame and trustees of var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions and trusts.

Bryan and Pat are still sup­port­ing and work­ing within many ar­eas of the com­mu­nity on trusts, as pa­trons and as donors, giv­ing their help and ad­vice where pos­si­ble.

To quote them, ‘‘we love this way of life, to be able to give back


I worked for NZ Rail at the time and at­tended a man­age­ment con­fer­ence in the mid 1970s where we were shown a map with the plans to run rail down the side of the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way and onto the North Shore.

Sir Dove-Myre Robin­son was mayor at the time.

It was also to go from One­hunga up over the hill and along the path of the present mo­tor­way. Rail­way-owned houses were cleared off the land as far as Pt. Che­va­lier to al­low it to be built.

But with a change of coun­cil and govern­ment it stopped there. Now it’s the lat­est thing so we will see what hap­pens this time. JOHN WHITE



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Eric Strickett said surf breaks at Piha have de­te­ri­o­rated.

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