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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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 schedulingMore

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 NotableMore


Vote wisely for our trees!

The Council elections are almost upon us so remember to ask your local candidates this question “Do you support general tree protection?” before you decide who to vote for. If you are a candidate you can email us your response to and we will publicise it to our members.

Tree Week is Coming!

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 The Tree Council is keen to improve Auckland residents understanding of the role that trees play in our urban environment.

As a way of achieving a wider audience and better understanding of the role of trees in the urban environment we are promoting a special Tree Week to be held from 13 to 20 October 2013. This is a first try at this type of promotion so we are starting small but have plans to increase the weeks’ activities each successive year. Below are the first of our activities:

Tree Week lecture ‘Value of Trees in the Urban Environment’.

Wednesday 16 October at 7.30pm following The Tree Council’s AGM at 7pm

Sean Freeman will give an address on this topic 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 bus tour. Sunday 20 October 2013

$20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Bus departs 9.20am from UNITEC Entry 3 on NW side of Building 48.
This is a bus tour of Auckland’s great trees led by Penny Cliffin, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at UNITEC Institute of Technology. The tour will commence at UNITEC at 9.30am visiting Western Springs, Western Park and Myers Park before a lunch stop (BYO) in Albert Park and then across the road to the University collection returning to UNITEC by 3pm. Numbers are limited so please reserve your place by emailing


Are you confused about the new regulations concerning Auckland’s Trees?  Well you are not alone!

We are working to protect Auckland’s trees but we need your help.  We urge our members to attend upcoming meetings and talk to local board members, councillors and MPs. Read more here.



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