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.
The Environment Select Committee have just released their final report on the Resource Management Amendment Bill, which you can read at the link below: https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ/SCR_96439/7ebfcb912ca459f322d27f4223d73b15d392fc9c Despite The Tree Council’s best efforts proposing they include provisions to better protect urban trees these have been ignored and the Bill now going for its second reading does not… More
Please join members of The Tree Council to show your disappointment at the loss of this potential park to the community of Avondale. There will be a protest on the pavement adjacent to the site starting at 10am on Saturday 22 February organised by The Tree Council’s Board Member and Landscape Architect Mark Lockhart. It… More
Despite The Tree Council’s best efforts proposing they include provisions to better protect urban trees these have been ignored and the Bill now going for its second reading does not contain any such provisions. This is a massive disappointment and we feel very let down by the government.
This is what the Select Committee said about their consideration of urban tree protection:
“During our consideration, we considered several issues that have not resulted to changes to this bill, for various reasons.
We note that a significant number of submissions commented on district planning rules for urban tree protection. We note that consideration of a more efficient process for identifying trees for protection may be considered as part of the wider resource management system review.
One member was of the view that urban tree protection should be reinstated, especially given the high number of submissions from the public to this effect. Other members were satisfied that intention will be achieved through future RMA changes.“
Please join members of The Tree Council to show your disappointment at the loss of this potential park to the community of Avondale. There will be a protest on the pavement adjacent to the site starting at 10am on Saturday 22 February organised by The Tree Council’s Board Member and Landscape Architect Mark Lockhart. It… Continue Reading
Media Release – for immediate release 8 December 2019 The Tree Council is disappointed to see listed for sale 3 vacant properties, plus a fourth with an older house, at 52-58 Canal Road, Avondale in a prime development zone. We met with the Whau Local Board and Council staff in May 2017 with the proposal that… Continue Reading
Media Release 14 November 2019 Ōwairaka / Mount Albert Trees The Tūpuna Maunga Authority continues to work towards delivering the plan for the ecological restoration of Ōwairaka / Mount Albert, which includes the removal of 345 exotic trees and the planting of 13,000 new native trees and shrubs. Below is the Tūpuna Maunga… Continue Reading
12 November 2019 The Tree Council fully supports the Tūpuna Maunga Authority’s plans to restore indigenous native ecosystems on the slopes of Ōwairaka (and the other 13 Maunga in Auckland) as part of the healing of the Maunga. The Tree Council has always recognised the positive role that large established trees can play… Continue Reading
The Government is proposing to change the Resource Management Act and improve many of the significant changes that were made by the last Government over the previous 10 years. They will do this in 2 stages. The first stage is happening now & is a short term fix of some of the things that can… Continue Reading
The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Waitakere Forest & Bird have all this week resigned their group memberships of the Friends of Regional Parks Society (FOR Parks) and will no longer be represented on the FOR Parks committee in protest at the submission the Society… Continue Reading
The Tree Council has collaborated with The Living Tree Company and Auckland Council to produce a handy guide for professionals working in kauri areas about how they need to work on sites potentially infected with kauri dieback disease. This guide will be useful for arborists, landscapers, builders and anyone else disturbing soil or plant material… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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