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Waitākere Rāhui

Waitākere Rāhui

We would like to take this opportunity to explain to you why The Tree Council is supporting the rāhui about to be placed on the Waitakere Ranges by the mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki to protect kauri against kauri dieback. The purpose of the rāhui is to remove people from the area to prevent… More

New Tree App Launched

New Tree App Launched

The Tree Council launched its new mobile phone App at its AGM on 12 October 2017. The Agile Cloud App has been designed by Steven MacLeod and enables the public to record trees and tree loss. To download the App for your smartphone visit the Google Play Store (it is only currently available for Android… More

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Waitākere Rāhui

Waitākere Rāhui

We would like to take this opportunity to explain to you why The Tree Council is supporting the rāhui about to be placed on the Waitakere Ranges by the mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki to protect kauri against kauri dieback.

The purpose of the rāhui is to remove people from the area to prevent further spread of the disease until effective protection methods are in place, such as boardwalks and upgraded hygiene cleaning stations.

Auckland Council’s Monitoring Report (Aug 2017) showed that the spread of kauri dieback had more than doubled in the previous 5 years and that humans are the main vector. We are lobbying Auckland Council and the Government to invest sufficient funding to upgrade the track network and cleaning stations so that visitors are no longer at risk of spreading the disease.

The rāhui is a temporary closure until these upgrades can be completed and the tracks can be reopened on a rolling programme.

The Tree Council has debated long and hard over this issue but we feel that the protection of the values of the park is of paramount importance. In the case of the Waitakere Ranges and Hunuas this is the natural environment and the ecosystem of kauri forest, which is at so much risk from this devastating disease.

For that reason we would like to respectfully ask that you and/or your group respects this rāhui by please not tramping on the Waitakere Ranges tracks until the rāhui has been lifted and by asking all your members, relatives and friends to please tramp in other places without kauri until effective protection for kauri is in place in the Waitakere Ranges.

The rāhui will be put in place by Te Kawerau a Maki this Saturday 2 December at 7am at the Cascades near the Auckland City Walk. Te Kawerau a Maki and The Tree Council invite you to join us for the ceremony and urge you to do so. Showing public support for the rāhui is extremely important for us to get the message out to the wider public to encourage their understanding and support to help protect kauri.

More information about the rāhui can be found at www.tekawerau.iwi.nz

Attached is a map showing the extent of the rāhui which covers the whole of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area (all of the forest within the green and light green areas).

We thank you sincerely for your understanding and support.

Please share this message with your networks.

Sean Freeman, Chair The Tree Council.

You can hear an interview with Dr Mels Barton about kauri ecosystem, kauri dieback and why the rāhui is necessary here.

New Tree App Launched

New Tree App Launched

The Tree Council launched its new mobile phone App at its AGM on 12 October 2017. The Agile Cloud App has been designed by Steven MacLeod and enables the public to record trees and tree loss. To download the App for your smartphone visit the Google Play Store (it is only currently available for Android… Continue Reading

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

To: His Worship the Mayor Phil Goff, CEO Stephen Town cc: Chris Darby, Chair Planning Committee Penny Hulse, Chair Community and Environment Committee Ross Clow, Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland, Chair Whau Local Board Media Sunday 10 September 2017   Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road The Tree Council and local residents… Continue Reading

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection.   The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their… Continue Reading

Hurstmere Rd Pohutukawa Saved

The Tree Council has been notified that consent has been refused to remove a scheduled pohutukawa tree at 270 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. We made submissions and attended the hearing on 8 June 2017. The tree is one of a group of four scheduled pohutukawa at the property. The commissioners agreed that the tree and its… Continue Reading

Plant movement must stop

Plant movement must stop

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. “In order to contain the disease it is vital for the current outbreaks in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te… Continue Reading

Warkworth Macrocarpa Saved

The Tree Council has received the decision refusing the application by Warkworth Investments Ltd to remove a scheduled macrocarpa tree from 41 Queen St and 14-16 Neville St, Warkworth. We made submissions opposing the removal and attended the hearing in November 2016. This tree is a member of a group of scheduled trees that form a… Continue Reading

Graham’s Bush Appeal Resolved

Graham’s Bush Appeal Resolved

In a small gully in South Auckland is a botanical gem, a real taonga, a fragment of the lowland podocarp-broadleaf forest that once covered the Manukau lowlands. This fragment is called Graham’s Bush and has been owned and cared for by the late Graham Cheesman and his family for the last 17 years. Thanks to… Continue Reading

Bus Tour of Auckland’s Heritage Trees

Bus Tour of Auckland’s Heritage Trees

Learn about the unique history and values of some of Auckland’s finest trees in their historic settings on The Tree Council’s bus tour, part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. It will be led by Penny Cliffin, a former Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Landscape Architecture at Unitec, and Dr Mike Wilcox, author of Auckland’s… Continue Reading


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