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Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Environmental advocacy group The Tree Council has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the decision by Auckland Transport to accept the Notices of Requirement recommended by Commissioners on behalf of the consent authority for the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor upgrade. “The Tree Council was disappointed that the Commissioners accepted Auckland Transport’s proposals without… More

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

The Tree Council has joined the appeal by the Friends of Fowld’s Park Inc of the decision of Auckland Council to install an artificial turf with retaining wall and fencing at Fowld’s Park in Western Springs. The proposal will result in the removal of a number of trees, significant alteration of the park’s landscape design… More

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Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Environmental advocacy group The Tree Council has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the decision by Auckland Transport to accept the Notices of Requirement recommended by Commissioners on behalf of the consent authority for the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor upgrade.

“The Tree Council was disappointed that the Commissioners accepted Auckland Transport’s proposals without any modifications despite the strong case made to better protect the taonga that is Graham’s Bush” said Chair Sean Freeman.

“This nationally important ecological fragment of a broadleaf podocarp forest that once covered the Manukau lowlands is almost all we have left and it is in a pristine state and weed and pest free. It should not be destroyed when there are alternative solutions that can enable the road to cross the area without killing the trees.”

Landowner Graham Cheesman passed away before the Commissioners’ decision was released and had spent 18 years working to preserve and protect the 4.2 hectare forest fragment in a gully on his land.

Auckland Transport’s proposal is to span the gully using embankments to support the road bed which will result in removal of 1500m2 of vegetation, topping and felling of emergent trees in the 500m below the bridge structure and loss of vegetation in close proximity to the two embankments due to rain shadow and shading. It is estimated that a number of large trees plus smaller canopy trees will be removed. The bush fragment will be cut in half by the road, severely affecting its ecological value.

Auckland Transport has proposed compensation planting for the loss of bush areas affected by the proposed route through the bush remnants at 38 and 146 Mill Rd, but The Tree Council does not consider that this can compensate for the loss of a significant remnant of such a severely threatened forest habitat.

The Tree Council needs funds to fight this appeal. You can donate directly to our bank account: 

11-5462-0230022-11 The Tree Council. 

Please tag your donation “Grahams Bush”. Thank you.

Notes:

This appeal only relates to the Decision on NoR 3. This is identified by the recommendations as:

“[6] ..NoR 3 commences approximately 570m south-east of the current Redoubt Road / Murphys Road intersection and includes the remainder of the 8.9k corridor. This section of the corridor includes a new greenfields alignment and involves substantial cuts and fills. The alignment requires the construction of two bridges over bush clad gullies and two new intersections, at Ranfurly Road and Alfriston Road These intersections are currently proposed as roundabouts. NoR 3 terminates north of the Mill Road / Popes Road intersection.” (NoR 3 Recommendations)

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

The Tree Council has joined the appeal by the Friends of Fowld’s Park Inc of the decision of Auckland Council to install an artificial turf with retaining wall and fencing at Fowld’s Park in Western Springs. The proposal will result in the removal of a number of trees, significant alteration of the park’s landscape design… 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 4 to 11 October 2015. “Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past four years and the unknown… Continue Reading

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Great news in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board agenda that Auckland Transport have stepped back from the removal of the Karekare Pohutukawa and are investigating the design of a prop. So for now at least the tree is safe. But an even more important outcome of this campaign has been the admission by Auckland Transport… Continue Reading

Karekare’s Ancient Pohutukawa under Threat

The ancient pohutukawa arching over the Karekare Road is under threat from Auckland Transport who want to remove it order to comply with their blanket rule of 4.5m height clearance.  After being tipped off about the threat The Tree Council’s Mels Barton made a presentation at the Waitakere Ranges Local Board meeting and the Board… Continue Reading

The Truth About Tree Protection Draws Large Crowd

Open letter to: His Worship The Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Councillors; Waitakere Ranges, Whau and Henderson Massey Local Boards; West Auckland MPs Hon David Cunliffe, Hon Phil Twyford, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Rt Hon John Key, Hon Paula Bennett; Minister for Conservation Hon Maggie Barrie and Minister for Environment Hon Dr Nick Smith. On Thursday… Continue Reading

Pohutukawa 6 at St Luke’s Saved!

The campaign to save the 6 pohutukawas over 80 years old on Great North Rd at the St Luke’s Junction took a surprising and wonderful turn on 20 Feb 2015 when the Auckland Transport Board voted unanimously to save the trees. The protesters had turned up in force for the Board meeting, ironically held in… Continue Reading

Pohutukawa 6 campaign gathers pace

Pohutukawa 6 campaign gathers pace

The campaign to save the 6 pohutukawas over 80 years old at the St Luke’s junction on Great North Road is gathering pace. Auckland Transport has accepted the recommendation of the hearing commissioners to remove the trees and a legal appeal is planned. The trees have been decorated with a lot of banners and knitting… Continue Reading

Save 6 pohutukawas at St Luke’s on Great North Rd

Proposals to widen the current St Luke’s motorway junction from Great North Road threaten to remove 6 mature pohutukawa trees from the roadside opposite Western Springs Park. The resource consent application has been publicly notified and submissions can be made until 4 July. To make it easy for people to make a submission The Tree… Continue Reading


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