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Karekare’s Ancient Pohutukawa under Threat

The ancient pohutukawa arching over the Karekare Road is under threat from Auckland Transport who want to remove it order to comply with their blanket rule of 4.5m height clearance.  After being tipped off about the threat The Tree Council’s Mels Barton made a presentation at the Waitakere Ranges Local Board meeting and the BoardMore

The Truth About Tree Protection Draws Large Crowd

Open letter to:His Worship The Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Councillors;Waitakere Ranges, Whau and Henderson Massey Local Boards;West Auckland MPs Hon David Cunliffe, Hon Phil Twyford, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Rt Hon John Key, Hon Paula Bennett;Minister for Conservation Hon Maggie Barrie and Minister for Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith. On Thursday 16 April 2015 aMore

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Karekare’s Ancient Pohutukawa under Threat

The ancient pohutukawa arching over the Karekare Road is under threat from Auckland Transport who want to remove it order to comply with their blanket rule of 4.5m height clearance. 

After being tipped off about the threat The Tree Council’s Mels Barton made a presentation at the Waitakere Ranges Local Board meeting and the Board resolved to oppose the removal and investigate. As a result Auckland transport have said they will do consultation with locals and with the Local Board before any decision is made. Auckland Council’s Parks Dept also oppose the removal of the tree.

The Tree Council along with other groups including the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society believe that the 4.5m height clearance rule is inappropriate in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area and other parts of Auckland with sensitive vegetation. Anywhere with trees overhanging the road is at risk from this rule. Beautiful streets like those in Ponsonby and Grey Lynn are threatened.

There is a Facebook page for the campaign. Please “like” it and invite your friends to “like” it too. 

Ted Scott

The Truth About Tree Protection Draws Large Crowd

Open letter to:His Worship The Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Councillors;Waitakere Ranges, Whau and Henderson Massey Local Boards;West Auckland MPs Hon David Cunliffe, Hon Phil Twyford, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Rt Hon John Key, Hon Paula Bennett;Minister for Conservation Hon Maggie Barrie and Minister for Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith. On Thursday 16 April 2015 aContinue Reading

Pohutukawa 6 at St Luke’s Saved!

The campaign to save the 6 pohutukawas over 80 years old on Great North Rd at the St Luke’s Junction took a surprising and wonderful turn on 20 Feb 2015 when the Auckland Transport Board voted unanimously to save the trees. The protesters had turned up in force for the Board meeting, ironically held inContinue Reading

Pohutukawa 6 campaign gathers pace

Pohutukawa 6 campaign gathers pace

The campaign to save the 6 pohutukawas over 80 years old at the St Luke’s junction on Great North Road is gathering pace. Auckland Transport has accepted the recommendation of the hearing commissioners to remove the trees and a legal appeal is planned. The trees have been decorated with a lot of banners and knittingContinue Reading

Save 6 pohutukawas at St Luke’s on Great North Rd

Proposals to widen the current St Luke’s motorway junction from Great North Road threaten to remove 6 mature pohutukawa trees from the roadside opposite Western Springs Park. The resource consent application has been publicly notified and submissions can be made until 4 July. To make it easy for people to make a submission The TreeContinue Reading

Rosebank Road trees embraced by childcare centre

The large oak and pohutukawa trees at Jomac Place on Rosebank Road, Avondale are finally safe thanks to the persistency of The Tree Council in pursuing their protection. The development site has been bought by Dr Darius Singh and his wife Nikeeta who are proposing a ‘Chrysalis’ childcare centre to surround the trees. The Tree CouncilContinue Reading

Candidate responses – Council elections 2013

The Tree Council suggests you ask candidates standing for council positions in your area if they support general tree protection before deciding who to vote for. These are the responses we have received: Christine Rose Waitakere Ward Council candidate – I’d like it on the record that I support General Tree Protection, plus specified schedulingContinue Reading

RMA Reform Bill – Urgent Submissions Required

The latest Resource Management Reform Bill before Parliament is written so that, if it passed into law, there will be NO forms of tree protection allowed in any Local Authority’s district plan apart from the scheduling of notable trees.   Many of you have been through the process of nominating trees for addition to the Schedules of NotableContinue Reading

Making a submission to the Resource Management Reform Bill

RMA Reform Bill – Urgent Submissions Required The latest Resource Management Reform Bill before Parliament is written so that, if it passed into law, there will be NO forms of tree protection allowed in any Local Authority’s district plan apart from the scheduling of notable trees. Many of you have been through the process of nominating trees forContinue Reading

Tracks Closed to Protect Kauri in Waitakere Ranges

Tracks Closed to Protect Kauri in Waitakere Ranges From 1 July, Auckland Council will be closing 13 “kauri protection zones” in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park to protect kauri from kauri dieback disease. This will involve closing 27km of tracks in the ranges. Areas protected are those where tracks run through kauri stands that appear toContinue Reading


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