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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Resource Management Amendment Bill

Resource Management Amendment Bill

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

PROTEST ON THE SALE OF CANAL ROAD’S HISTORIC TREES

PROTEST ON THE SALE OF CANAL ROAD’S HISTORIC TREES

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

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Resource Management Amendment Bill

Resource Management Amendment Bill

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 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.

CANAL ROAD PARK: AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED

CANAL ROAD PARK: AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED

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

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Media Release re Ōwairaka / Mount Albert Trees

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Media Release re Ōwairaka / Mount Albert Trees

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

Press statement regarding tree removal on Ōwairaka and other Maunga from The Tree Council

Press statement regarding tree removal on Ōwairaka and other Maunga from The Tree Council

  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

New Guide for Arboricultural Work on Kauri Trees

New Guide for Arboricultural Work on Kauri Trees

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

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… Continue Reading


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