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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

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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 scheduling if necessary, to protect the trees and treescape of Auckland.

Sandra Coney Future West Waitakere Ranges Local Board candidate – I support general tree rules and successfully put motions to Auckland Council to keep them in the Laingholm, Titirangi area. In other areas that have lost them, we will need to continue to campaign and lobby central Government to get them back. Coastal pohutukawa are particularly vulnerable. We will also have to watch out for Auckland Transport which has slipped an agreement with Council regarding trees in the road corridor into the Unitary Plan, the effect of which is not clear, but AT’s track record is not that good. I support Significant Ecological Areas which I think will protect many of the areas of urban trees formerly protected by general tree rules. In SEA areas, vegetation can be cleared up to 3 metres around a house, but this reduces to 10% annual pruning up to 10 metres from a dwelling. This should protect forest and canopy and habitat in those areas with SEAs. However, SEAs will need to be defended through the Unitary Plan process.

Chris Cooper Labour Henderson Massey Local Board candidate – I joined the Tree Society in the UK aged 14, and have been a firm supporter of tree protection, reforestation and urban planting since then and particularly since becoming an Aucklander in 1976. Currently I am involved in a project to preserve a cabbage tree forest at Hikuai, and I support tree protection.

Tricia Reade City Vision Waitemata Local Board candidate – I definitely support the protection of trees and would advocate strongly for blanket coverage especially in the city centre and inner city suburbs.

Greg Presland Future West Waitakere Ranges Local Board candidate – I fully support blanket tree protection including the reinstatement of the tree protection rules. I led opposition to the RMA changes which have recently been made. I wrote the WRLB submission and I organised a local meeting in Titirangi to inform residents and encourage them to make submissions.

Saffron Toms Future West Waitakere Ranges Local Board candidate – I definitely support general tree protection.

Catherine Farmer Labour Whau Local Board candidate – I support general tree protection.

Ross Clow Labour Whau ward Council candidate – I am writing to confirm my support for general tree protection in Auckland.

Denise Yates Future West candidate for Waitakere Ranges Local Board – I do support general tree protection.

Glenda Fryer Owairaka Local Board candidate for City Vision – supports the general tree protections.

Gary Stewart Henderson/Massey Local Board candidate standing for the Green Party – yes I support general tree protection.

Helga Arlington – I absolutely support the restoration of the tree protection rules.

Douglas Robertson Mana candidate for Waitakere Ward – yes i do support general tree protection. Trees are an important part of stopping climate change which is the single bigest threat to humanity and the planet.

Jennie Hayman Orakei Local Board – I would welcome your questions about my view on tree protection – general and otherwise. Since 2007 I have been on your mailing list. I am big on heritage and environment (with science and arts degrees) and have RMA experience (Hearings Commissioner) as well as knowledge of plan development and the regulatory process.

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 NotableContinue Reading

Making a submission to the Resource Management Reform Bill

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 forContinue Reading

Tracks Closed to Protect Kauri in Waitakere Ranges

Tracks Closed to Protect Kauri in Waitakere Ranges From 1 July, Auckland Council will be closing 13 “kauri protection zones” in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park to protect kauri from kauri dieback disease. This will involve closing 27km of tracks in the ranges. Areas protected are those where tracks run through kauri stands that appear toContinue Reading

Our Website

Our Website The Tree Council website at www.thetreecouncil.org.nz has had a major facelift, so check out the new look next time you’re online. Many thanks to Dale Richie at Web Folio and Jill Segedin for the design and hosting. We have transferred all the information across from the old site and reorganized it so youContinue Reading

Sigrid Shayer Obituary

Sigrid Shayer, 12 December 1955 to 11 March 2012 Sigrid Shayer, the former Chair of the Auckland Tree Council, passed away in March this year at the age of fifty-six.  She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer early in 2011.  Many of those in the arboricultural scene in Auckland will be aware of her tirelessContinue Reading

Rosebank Road Trees

Rosebank Road Trees As of mid July the situation regarding the Oak and Pohutukawa trees in Rosebank Road, Avondale is that The Tree Council, Connell Place Ltd (CPL) and Auckland Council (AC) have had two meetings to discuss the two different plans that CPL want to put forward as resource consent applications.  From those twoContinue Reading

Property Council of NZ Environment Court case 2012

Property Council of NZ Environment Court case 2012 Earlier this year the Property Council of New Zealand sought to have the Environment Court case decision of May 2011 reconsidered. The Environment Court decision handed down last year, in answer to the request by North Shore City Council, Waitakere District Council and the Auckland Regional Council Continue Reading

Pohutukawa, Mairangi Bay

Pohutukawa, Mairangi Bay In April, The Tree Council received a phonecall from a woman who was quite distraught about Council wanting to remove a tree on her property. It took several calls to get the full picture, as she became quite emotional each time the subject was raised with her. Eventually it all became clearContinue Reading

Auckland Tree Protection Rules – What you need to know

Auckland Tree Protection Rules – What you need to know CHECK BEFORE YOU CHOP on 09 301 0101. They say that a camel is a horse that was designed by committee.  Well, the Parliamentary select committee, the Minister for the Environment, Members of Parliament, The Environment Court, Council Officers, Local Board members, Council’s Regional DevelopmentContinue ReadingContinue Reading


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