Trees have a unique place in our environment. Without them, human life as we know it would not exist. Trees conserve water, make our air breathable, absorb air pollution, support our slopes and form the hub of enormous underground micro-environments that strengthen soil and foster insect life.

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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

Rosebank Road Trees

Rosebank Road Trees

As of mid July the situation regarding the Oak and Pohutukawa trees in Rosebank Road, Avondale is that The Tree Council, Connell Place Ltd (CPL) and Auckland Council (AC) have had two meetings to discuss the two different plans that CPL want to put forward as resource consent applications.  From those two meetings some agreement was reached as to the limitation of infrastructure (parking and roading mostly) affecting the root systems of the trees and methods to avoid damage to those root systems.  CPL have now lodged with AC their two separate development plans for resource consents and we wait to see if AC accept both plans, only one, or none, as a complying application.  AC will then decide whether the applications need to be notified as a limited notification, as a fully notified application, or not notified at all.  Those Council decisions are totally out of our hands.

We may get the information on the AC’s decisions within the month, then again it may take longer.

The Tree Council has at this stage done as much as it is legally able to do to get the best outcome for these two magnificent trees but we will need to wait and see what our next step will or may be.  Scheduling of these two trees will depend on CPL being able to develop their site to make an adequate return on their investment.

This truly is a “Saga of Immense Proportions”.

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