It's Not Over! #SaveOurKauri #KeepAwhiAwhiStanding

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Having survived ringbarking, been named Awhi Awhi by Mana Whenua, this Kauri tree in Titirangi is under threat again.


This iconic Kauri tree in Titirangi Auckland that has become a powerful symbol of our love for all Kauri, is under threat again - having survived ringbarking, has been named Awhi Awhi by Mana Whenua.

On the morning of the first day of Michael Tavares residing with our Kauri, Christopher Pairama of the Te Taou e Ngati Whaatua, together with Hori Parata e Ngati Wai, enacted karakia to allow Te Atua to place a tapu, spiritual protection, over Awhi Awhi, at Paturoa Road Titirangi whilst standing in reverence beneath the Kauri.

It’s been three and a half years since over 26,000 people signed a petition and Michael Tavares and then Johno Smith climbed Awhi Awhi to prevent her from being felled.

The Environment Court ruled last week that this "remarkable" tree can be cut down by the developers as soon as 26 April 2019. This has been a multi-year court battle but we are not giving up.

We are calling on Mayor Phil Goff and the Auckland Council to reinstate the Significant Ecological Area (SEA) to protect Awhi Awhi as well as two more equally mature Kauri on the public road reserve.

We need your help to grow our funds for the next steps in the campaign. We will explore all options some of which, including legal options, can be costly.

The latest Decision on Costs from the Environment Court is also part of the fundraising campaign to Keep Awhi Awhi Standing.

Save Our Kauri Trust support Andrew and Winnie as they have been acting on behalf of our Save Our Kauri Community.

Every contribution counts, together we can #SaveOurKauri and #SaveAwhiAwhi

Photo credit: Elton McAleer, taken from public Road Reserve.

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Save Our Kauri Trust is a registered charity formed to work for the preservation of Kauri. The Paturoa Kauri protests alerted a nation to the threat our national Taonga face.

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Latest update

Environment Court Decision on Costs recently released.  9 July 2019

The Environment Court has ordered locals Winnie Charlesworth and Andrew Maehl to pay $30,000 in court fees for losing the Application for Permanent Protection for Awhi Awhi.

This latest decision from the Environment Court is also part of this fundraising campaign to Keep Awhi Awhi Standing.

Save Our Kauri Trust support Andrew and Winnie as they have been acting on behalf of our Save Our Kauri Community and our over 27,000 supporters.

All donations big or small are greatly appreciated.

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This campaign started on 14 Apr 2019 and ended on 12 Apr 2020.