Update and A New Direction: LEGAL CHALLENGE TO UPDATE THE NOTABLE TREES SCHEDULE 21 July 2021 2 August 2021
Council is currently processing the plan change to put the Eglinton Pohutukawa back onto the schedule of protected trees. This will take approximately 5 months.
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Meanwhile, The Tree Council has engaged a barrister to assess the lawfulness of Auckland Council’s decision not to add 587 trees that have already been nominated to Schedule 10 (Notable Trees).
Put simply, since 2013 Council has not added any significant trees to the list of scheduled or notable trees. We believe Council has a legal responsibility to give effect to the Auckland Regional Plan which obligates them to protect significant trees in our city and from inappropriate subdivision. Council’s own Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy outlines a range of measures including protection of mature trees on private properties, but this isn’t being implemented.
We are currently experiencing unabated loss of our large urban trees and Council is doing nothing about this. Please donate to assist us with paying our legal fees in our challenge of the lawfulness of Council’s inaction.