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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… More

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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 Auckland Council approach the landowner with a view to purchasing these properties to create a much-needed local park for the Avondale community.

Local Board Chair at the time Tracy Mulholland seemed keen, but no action has been taken in the 2.5 years since then and now the properties are up for sale.

The three properties are currently vacant and occupy the corner of Canal Rd and Wairau Ave, Avondale. They are special because they contain 46 mature native trees, some of which are now rare in the Auckland area. There is a scheduled notable pohutukawa on one of the sections, adjacent to the road, which is protected in the Unitary Plan. None of the other trees have any protection. The site and surrounding area is zoned for intensive development (Residential Mixed Housing) and this will result in much more intense urbanisation over time requiring more green space to serve the local population.

The Tree Council’s Chair Sean Freeman says “it is disappointing that the Avondale community risks losing this ready-made park with some really special and rare native trees through a lack of action on behalf of the Council. These sections contain the only black maire trees I’ve ever seen.

“We have contacted the newly elected Whau representatives this week with a plea for them to take urgent action to preserve this special corner of Avondale, which features on a walking tour brochure produced by the Whau Wildlink and funded by Whau Local Board “Whau Wildlink Connecting Nature across the Whau A Self-Guided Tree Walk”. We hope that they can move quickly to secure this taonga for future generations of Avondale residents.”

There is a petition on change.org calling on Auckland Council to save these trees “Auckland Council: 0ver 1500 years of trees will be lost forever” http://chng.it/4kFnG8d88t

Concerned residents of Whau are encouraged to contact their elected representatives at:
https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/about-auckland-council/how-auckland-council-works/local-boards/all-local-boards/whau-local-board/Pages/contact-whau-local-board.aspx
and
https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/about-auckland-council/how-auckland-council-works/governing-body-wards-committees/wards/Pages/ward-councillors.aspx

 

ENDS

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

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


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