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Tree Week is Coming!

Tree Week is Coming!

As a way of achieving a better understanding of the role and value of trees in the urban environment The Tree Council is proud to announce New Zealand Tree Week will be held from 4 to 11 October 2015. “Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past four years and the unknown… More

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Great news in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board agenda that Auckland Transport have stepped back from the removal of the Karekare Pohutukawa and are investigating the design of a prop. So for now at least the tree is safe. But an even more important outcome of this campaign has been the admission by Auckland Transport… More

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Tree Week is Coming!

Tree Week is Coming!

As a way of achieving a better understanding of the role and value of trees in the urban environment The Tree Council is proud to announce New Zealand Tree Week will be held from 4 to 11 October 2015.

“Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past four years and the unknown content of the still to be revealed Auckland Council Unitary Plan with regard to future tree protection of urban trees there is a lot of concern about the future of urban trees” says The Tree Council spokesperson Sean Freeman.

“We want to help people recognise the special role that trees play in our urban environment and the services they provide to our city with some fun and informative events”.

The Tree Week activities include:

Tree Week lecture ‘Auckland’s Heritage Trees’.

Thursday 8 October at 7pm, following The Tree Council’s AGM, Dr Mike Wilcox, author of “Auckland’s Remarkable Urban Forest” will speak about “Auckland’s Heritage Trees” at the Fickling Centre, corner of Mt Eden and Mt Albert Roads, Mt Roskill. This is a free lecture and open to the public. All are welcome to attend both the AGM and the lecture.

 

Tree Week guided bus tour of Auckland’s heritage trees. Saturday 10 October 2015

Learn about the unique history and values of some of Auckland’s finest trees in their historic settings on The Tree Council’s bus tour led by Penny Cliffin, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology and and Dr Mike Wilcox, author of “Auckland’s Remarkable Urban Forest”. The tour will commence at Unitec at 9.20am visiting Cornwall Park, Monte Cecelia Park and the Unitec campus in Mt Albert, returning to Unitec by 3pm. Meet at Entry 3 on NW side of Building 48, Carrington Rd, Point Chevalier. A reasonable standard of fitness is required. Numbers are limited so please reserve your place by emailing thetreecouncil@ihug.co.nz

$20 for members; $25 for non-members; $10 for children 16 and under. Join up online and for full details of all events visit The Tree Council’s website at www.thetreecouncil.org.nz

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Great news in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board agenda that Auckland Transport have stepped back from the removal of the Karekare Pohutukawa and are investigating the design of a prop. So for now at least the tree is safe. But an even more important outcome of this campaign has been the admission by Auckland Transport… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue 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 in… Continue 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 knitting… Continue 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 Tree… Continue 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 Council… Continue 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 scheduling… Continue 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 Notable… Continue Reading


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