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

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 two meetings some agreement was reached as to the limitation of infrastructure (parking and roading mostly) affecting the root systems of the trees and methods to avoid damage to those root systems.  CPL have now lodged with AC their two separate development plans for resource consents and we wait to see if AC accept both plans, only one, or none, as a complying application.  AC will then decide whether the applications need to be notified as a limited notification, as a fully notified application, or not notified at all.  Those Council decisions are totally out of our hands.

We may get the information on the AC’s decisions within the month, then again it may take longer.

The Tree Council has at this stage done as much as it is legally able to do to get the best outcome for these two magnificent trees but we will need to wait and see what our next step will or may be.  Scheduling of these two trees will depend on CPL being able to develop their site to make an adequate return on their investment.

This truly is a “Saga of Immense Proportions”.

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