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
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 extremely important decision at a critical time when operational tools to manage the disease are needed urgently. After 9 years with few advances, new management is urgently required in order for the essential science research to deliver meaningful results.
The science programme must be managed in a strategic and coherent way prioritising the most important research first to deliver the tools needed to move forward our knowledge of how to manage this disease. This can only be achieved through collaboration and leadership by experienced science programme managers. A proven record of collaboration with science providers, and transparency in dealing with co-funders and end-users will give confidence and trust that the objectives of the research programme can and will be delivered promptly.
It is vital that the operational research needed to deliver these management tools remains with the Strategic Science Investment Fund and is not split off and retained by MPI.
The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Friends of Regional Parks thanks Minister Woods and the Government for listening to the concerns of the science community and the public and acting with urgency to make this important change. The future of our kauri and our forests is at stake.