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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 inMore

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 knittingMore

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Pohutukawa 6 at St Luke’s Saved!

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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 in the “Kauri Room” at the NZTA offices and in fact were so numerous that some had to wait outside as the room was too small to accommodate everyone. For a Board that usually does its business without an audience this was no doubt something of a shock.

Despite the Auckland Transport staff sticking rigidly to their line that all alternatives had been considered and there was nothing that could be done to save the trees, the Board clearly thought differently and sent their officers back to the drawing board to redesign the junction.

Poignantly AT Chairman Dr Lester Levy stressed that “Public and Active transport users were not served well by the proposed design”.

The Tree Council would like to congratulate Auckland Transport for being willing to listen to the public and to strive for a better outcome that will serve all users of the space, rather than just those in cars. We would also like to thank and congratulate the Pohutukawa Savers who ran a fantastic and well organised campaign and we look forward to working with the team again in the future when Auckland’s urban forest is next under threat.

 

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

Our Website

Our Website The Tree Council website at www.thetreecouncil.org.nz has had a major facelift, so check out the new look next time you’re online. Many thanks to Dale Richie at Web Folio and Jill Segedin for the design and hosting. We have transferred all the information across from the old site and reorganized it so youContinue Reading

Sigrid Shayer Obituary

Sigrid Shayer, 12 December 1955 to 11 March 2012 Sigrid Shayer, the former Chair of the Auckland Tree Council, passed away in March this year at the age of fifty-six.  She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer early in 2011.  Many of those in the arboricultural scene in Auckland will be aware of her tirelessContinue Reading


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