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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

TREE LOSS DURING TREE WEEK DEMANDS URGENT ACTION

TREE LOSS DURING TREE WEEK DEMANDS URGENT ACTION

  The Tree Council is disappointed to receive yet more reports of unnecessary urban tree removals from our members during our annual celebration of the urban forest in New Zealand Tree Week. In the week when our members heard from Professor Margaret Stanley the enormous benefits that urban trees provide for city dwellers at our… More

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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 extremely important decision at a critical time when operational tools to manage the disease are needed urgently. After 9 years with few advances, new management is urgently required in order for the essential science research to deliver meaningful results.

The science programme must be managed in a strategic and coherent way prioritising the most important research first to deliver the tools needed to move forward our knowledge of how to manage this disease. This can only be achieved through collaboration and leadership by experienced science programme managers. A proven record of collaboration with science providers, and transparency in dealing with co-funders and end-users will give confidence and trust that the objectives of the research programme can and will be delivered promptly.

It is vital that the operational research needed to deliver these management tools remains with the Strategic Science Investment Fund and is not split off and retained by MPI.

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Friends of Regional Parks thanks Minister Woods and the Government for listening to the concerns of the science community and the public and acting with urgency to make this important change. The future of our kauri and our forests is at stake.

TREE LOSS DURING TREE WEEK DEMANDS URGENT ACTION

TREE LOSS DURING TREE WEEK DEMANDS URGENT ACTION

  The Tree Council is disappointed to receive yet more reports of unnecessary urban tree removals from our members during our annual celebration of the urban forest in New Zealand Tree Week. In the week when our members heard from Professor Margaret Stanley the enormous benefits that urban trees provide for city dwellers at our… Continue Reading

Tree Week is Coming!

Tree Week is Coming!

As a way of achieving a better understanding of the role and value of trees in the urban environment The Tree Council is proud to announce New Zealand Tree Week will be held from 7-14 October 2018. “Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past five years and the impact of intensification… Continue Reading

WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, Forest & Bird and the Friends of Regional Parks are delighted that Auckland Council has worked constructively and in partnership with Te Kawerau ā Maki to agree the final shape of the closure of the Waitākere Ranges. This closure, which takes effect from 1 May 2018, reflects respect… Continue Reading

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

Image: One of the trees, a houpara, in its new location in Teal Park (image: Auckland Transport/ Auckland Council) PRESS RELEASE: THE TREE COUNCIL. For immediate release – 15 January 2018 Last week a group of protesters occupied part of a planted median strip on Quay Street, from where 14 young Pohutukawa are being transplanted to… Continue Reading

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

    The Tree Council is delighted to announce that the Yellow Pohutukawa at 3 Church Street, Mangere Bridge will remain to flower for many Christmases to come. It was planned to be removed by Auckland Transport to make way for a bus shelter. On the day of the removal a passing naturalist who knew… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

New Tree App Launched

The Tree Council launched its new mobile phone app at its AGM on 12 October 2017 and it has subsequently been updated, improved and incorporated into the ecotrack app designed by Steven MacLeod at Agile Cloud. The ecotrack app enables the public to record trees and tree loss (as well as predator and weed control… 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


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