You can search Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan yourself for information on whether trees are protected if you have access to the internet. Things to check:
Unitary Plan Maps – https://unitaryplanmaps.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/upviewer/
Click the ‘I agree’ box in the disclaimer in order to access the maps.
Type in the address of the property in the search box at the top of the page.
In the left panel on the Results tab the Property Summary will tell you whether there are any Overlays or Controls on the site (eg Significant Ecological Areas Overlay, Scheduled Notable Tree).
To check for Scheduled (Notable) Trees:
Click on the Legend tab in the left panel. Click on the down pointing arrow on the right side of Unitary Plan Management Layers to pull down the menu. Click on the arrow on the right side of Overlays to pull down the menu. Put a tick in the Natural Heritage box.
If a solid green triangle is shown then there is a Scheduled Tree somewhere on the property. NB : The location of the triangle does not relate to the location of the tree.
Click on the blue button called View Full Unitary Plan Text. Click on the + sign next to Chapter L Schedules. Click on the PDF link on the right side next to Schedule 10 Notable Trees Schedule.
You can search the Schedule for address by pressing CTL-F and typing into the search box. This will tell you exactly which tree or trees at that address are Scheduled.
To check for Significant Ecological Areas Overlay:
Click on the Legend tab in the left panel. Click on the down pointing arrow on the right side of Unitary Plan Management Layers to pull down the menu. Click on the arrow on the right side of Overlays to pull down the menu. Click on the arrow on the right side of Natural Resources to pull down the menu. Put a tick in the Significant Ecological Areas Overlay box. If an SEA is present on the site you will see green crosses covering the area of the site that is protected by SEA. It may not cover the whole site. Make sure you check whether the specific trees that you are concerned about are covered by the SEA or not.
If the trees you are concerned about are either listed in the Notable Trees Schedule 10 or within a Significant Ecological Areas Overlay then they are legally protected and require resource consent to be removed. If this is the case then click here for more information on what to do.