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  • Update and A New Direction: LEGAL CHALLENGE TO UPDATE THE NOTABLE TREES SCHEDULE 21 July 2021     2 August 2021

    Posted by: The Tree Council (Auckland) Incorporated
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    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.

    Your donations made this possible.

    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.

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  • Update and A New Direction: LEGAL CHALLENGE TO UPDATE THE NOTABLE TREES SCHEDULE     21 July 2021

    Posted by: The Tree Council (Auckland) Incorporated
    Main image

    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.

    Your donations made this possible.

    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.

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  • Agreement Reached With Owner     21 May 2021

    Posted by: The Tree Council (Auckland) Incorporated

    Good News !

    Council will undertake a plan change to correct the omission and add the Pohutukawa back to the Notable Tree Schedule. The plan change will be publicly notified process and we will discuss with the owner how he can develop the site while protecting the tree in perpetuity.

    The interim enforcement order will remain in place until the plan change process has been completed in about 5 months.

    Thank you for all your support.

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  • Environment Court Hearing set for 24th May     14 May 2021

    Posted by: The Tree Council (Auckland) Incorporated

    Thanks you for all the donations received over the last few weeks. We are getting closer to our target and I will update you on proceedings.

    Council are now supporting the application to correct the error and return the tree to the schedule. They will be presenting evidence.

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