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, and form the hub of enormous underground micro-environments that strengthen soil and foster insect life.

The Tree Council is a long-standing non-profit organisation established in 1986 to act as a steward for the trees of the Auckland region in New Zealand. The Tree Council exists to protect, conserve and improve the tree cover in the Auckland region, especially in urban areas.

JOIN / DONATE TO US and help protect Auckland’s trees.

If you need URGENT HELP with tree related issues click here.

If you want to search the Unitary Plan yourself to check if the trees are protected click here to find out how.


Take Action

If you want to protect the trees on your own property click here to find out how to place a covenant on the title.

If you want to nominate a tree to be scheduled please fill in our online form here and we will do an assessment to see if it qualifies and make the nomination if it does. You can click here to download the Scheduling Criteria to see what kind of trees may qualify for scheduling.



Please sign the petition to restore general tree protection.

Please donate to help pay for our expert witnesses opposing the Huia Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi. Please pay by direct credit to our ANZ account: 11-5462-0230022-11.

Please donate to help pay our legal costs for our successful challenge of Auckland Council’s decision not to process the 587 trees nominated for the Notable Trees Schedule 10 of the Unitary Plan. Please pay by direct credit to our ANZ account: 11-5462-0230022-11.


Help Save the UNITEC Trees!

The Tree Council has drafted a submission on Private Plan Change 94 (Wairaka Precinct) which aims to rezone part of the Carrington Road ex-UNITEC campus
to enable intensive development.

We do not oppose the idea of enabling the land to be utilised for housing, but we want more of the mature trees to be retained, protected and integrated into the development. Many, many of the mature trees on the site have already been removed and much of the UNITEC Arboretum has already been destroyed.

You can read our submission here and we invite you to use it to draft your own submission on the plan change.

The Plan Change 94 proposals and link to make a submission are here. The deadline for submissions is 2 February 2024.

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Help Save the Wattle Downs Giant Totara Tree!

The Tree Council recently had the pleasure of being invited to visit the incredible threatened giant totara tree in Wattle Downs. Unfortunately it has no legal protection and is on the boundary of this property at 14a Carnoustie Drive, which is proposed for development into 42 houses. The local community is fighting this proposal and we will support their fight to save this tree and others on the property. We encourage you to join their Facebook page and donate to their campaign by depositing your donation directly into their bank account: 14A Carnoustie 02-0100-0703942-002



Are you confused about the regulations concerning Auckland’s Trees?  Well you are not alone! We are working to protect Auckland’s trees but we need your help. Join The Tree Council today and help us advocate for better tree protection for our urban forest.