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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New Guide for Arboricultural Work on Kauri Trees

New Guide for Arboricultural Work on Kauri Trees

The Tree Council has collaborated with The Living Tree Company and Auckland Council to produce a handy guide for professionals working in kauri areas about how they need to work on sites potentially infected with kauri dieback disease.  This guide will be useful for arborists, landscapers, builders and anyone else disturbing soil or plant material… More

NEW HOPE FOR KAURI DIEBACK RESEARCH PROGRAMME

NEW HOPE FOR KAURI DIEBACK RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Friends of Regional Parks welcome the announcement by Minister Megan Woods that the research programme for kauri dieback will now be managed by the Strategic Science Investment Fund via the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment and that the budget has been significantly increased. This is an… More

Urgent Help with Tree Issues

How to get help from Auckland Council with tree related issues

 

If you are in urgent need of tree related information from Auckland Council ring (09) 301 0101.

Say “ Priority One” and request to speak to someone in Compliance and Enforcement or to a Heritage Arborist.

Stay on the line until you get the response you require. Do not agree to have someone call you back (this may take days). Insist on speaking to the decision maker if the tree is in urgent danger. Make the staff find out who that is (it may be in Auckland Transport or Consents or Parks). Do not give up and do not get off the line.

Compliance and Enforcement can check on whether a resource consent has been granted for tree removal.  

Remember: trees that are on public land (including street trees), in a riparian (along a waterway) or coastal strip, or in a Significant Ecological Area, or on the Scheduled Tree List (Schedule 10) are all protected and require resource consents from Council for any works or removal.

Trees on private land without any of these protections can be removed without consent.

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

If you are on site and can safely get yourself between the tree and the arborists trying to remove it then do so and refuse to move until you have seen evidence in writing that they have consent to remove the tree. You may at least be able to make them stop work until they have acquired the correct paperwork or until you have established the facts from the Council. But do not put yourself and others at risk. Do not trespass on private land.

 


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