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Honour The Maunga - Stop the Removal of 345 Exotic Trees from Mt Albert

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Honour The Maunga want to stop the planned removal of 345 large, healthy exotic trees on Mt Albert.

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  Auckland

Our mission is to honour Owairaka / Mt Albert and all the life-forms she supports by preventing the needless felling of 345 healthy, mature exotic trees.

In late October 2019, the Tupuna Maunga Authority advised that 345 healthy, mature exotic trees would be removed from Owairaka-Mt Albert beginning mid November. That's nearly half of the mountain's trees! Over the next few years, it plans to plant 13,000 native shrubs, grasses and tree saplings.

Honour The Maunga was formed by a group of locals who are deeply concerned at the scale, timing and lack of community engagement around the removal of these trees. There is deep feeling in the community for this special place with it beautiful trees and wonderful birdlife. Over time our group has grown to include people from communities all over Auckland and the North Island.

Honour The Maunga supports the Authority's long-term vision to cloak the maunga in native plants but their plan to remove all exotic trees at once is very damaging and destructive - for the birds and other lifeforms, for the mountain itself, and for the surrounding environment. It makes no sense to remove so many trees during a climate emergency.

We are calling for Tupuna Maunga Authority to consult with communities and develop a new, more environmentally sound plan that allows time for native plants to reach maturity under the protective shelter of the existing exotic and native trees.

We have maintained a 24 x 7 presence on the maunga since felling was due to begin on 11 November 2019. As a result, the trees are all still there. Your donation will help us to retain a presence on the maunga until we know the trees are safe.

Check out our website at https://honourthemaunga.org.nz/

Sign our petition at https://www.change.org/p/auckland-council-save-the-trees-on-owairaka-mount-albert

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Honour The Maunga Leader

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Donated funds will be used for costs associated with our campaign - eg, signage, printing of information flyers, payment of professional (eg legal/ PR/ mediation) services as needed. ECOVIS is a chartered accounting business and will be holding the Honour The Maunga funds in their trust account

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Tupuna Maunga Authority Took Away All Of Our Gear  15 April 2020

Posted by: ECOVIS KGA LIMITED

Honour the Maunga did the right thing and stood down from our tree protection occupation of Owairaka / Mt Albert during Covid Level 4.

Last night Tupuna Maunga Authority took advantage of our absence by sneaking in under the cover of darkness and taking absolutely everything from our base camp - tents, marquee, tables, chairs...the lot!

Such non-essential activity is clearly in breach of the level 4 requirement but, yet again, the Authority has shown it thinks it is above the law.

Fortunately our signs were safely stored off-site so we have put them up so we can retain a presence on the maunga through them.

Our tents may be gone, but we are most definitely not!

Honour the Maunga is more committed than ever to saving the trees on Owairaka / Mt Albert - and on other maunga too. Our occupation will continue once Covid requirements permit.

We are in this for the long-haul so please support our tree-saving cause by donating.

Many thanks

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Latest donations

Kay
Kay 2 days ago
$50
Kay
Kay on 04 Aug 2020
$35
Ian
Ian on 16 Jul 2020
$100
John
John on 09 Jul 2020
For the love of trees & birds
$40
Fenn and Leni and louis and Nina and Pam
Fenn and Leni and louis and Nina and Pam on 08 Jul 2020
We love climbing the trees and playing in the beautiful bush. We love going up the mountain at night to try and spot Ruru with our parents. Thank you for helping to save our trees.
$200

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