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.

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Media Release – for immediate release: Sunday 8 November 2020 Auckland Council’s Planning Committee voted on Thursday 5 November to abandon any idea of adding more trees to the Unitary Plan’s Schedule 10 Notable Trees “until resources allow” despite an appeal at the meeting by The Tree Council to prioritise this work that would cost… More



Media release: for immediate release 12 October 2020   LABOUR PROMISE NATIONAL PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR KAURI AGAIN   The Tree Council welcomes the recent announcement by the Labour Party to invest $32m over the next five years to implement essential work to protect kauri. The policy promises to deliver a National Pest Management… More

About Us


Please join The Tree Council

 if you are keen to support conservation of Auckland’s trees. Membership for individuals, incorporated societies and charitable trusts is $20 per year; for students and beneficiaries $15.

To join, please click here or contact: The Tree Council, PO Box 60-203, Titirangi, Auckland 0642.
Phone 021 213 7779

Please note – we are volunteers so we prefer email contact unless your issue is urgent. Thanks!


The Tree Council’s aims are to:

  • Promote (and advocate for) effective programmes for the protection, management and planting of trees in the urban environment
  • Assist people who care about trees to network with councils and community groups and become more effective in tree protection
  • Collect, prepare, and disseminate information, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of trees and their care

The Tree Council is a long-standing non-profit organisation established in 1986 to act as a steward for the trees of the Auckland region.

The Tree Council exists to protect, conserve and improve the tree cover in the Auckland region, especially in urban areas.
We believe that skilled and careful management of both native and introduced species is vital in order for mature trees to survive in the ongoing rush for urban space.

The Tree Council aims to help Aucklanders appreciate through lobbying, publications, activities and training courses. We also offer advice and support about specific trees.

The Tree Council assists in education, advocacy and management of Auckland’s trees, and has active representatives throughout the Auckland Council area.  We work with Auckland Council to ensure that trees within its jurisdiction have an advocate through our Community Tree Adviser Network.

The Tree Council believes that trees should be treated as important and valuable assets for the wider community. We intervene in the planning process if trees appear to be at risk of unnecessary destruction through development applications.

About our Board Members:

Sean Freeman (Chair) joined The Tree Council Board in March 2013 soon after moving to Auckland from Australia. Sean had been a consulting arborist in Queensland for 7 years and founded the Veteran Tree Group to recognise the significance of ancient trees within the urban footprint. The Veteran Tree Group has a register of 750 trees. His focus was originally in arborculture but he became more interested in the older larger trees which have been more & more frequently removed in Australia. Sean has expertise in the relationship between trees and wood decay fungi. He was elected to the Chair at the 2013 AGM.

Hueline Massey joined The Tree Council very soon after it was set up, 20 years ago and since joining the Board in 2001 has held the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Field Officer. Hueline has completed the Community Tree Care Short Course run by The Tree Council and is a member of the Community Tree Adviser network.

Diana Yukich (Acting Treasurer) has stepped into the breach while we look for a new Treasurer (if you can help please let us know). Diana runs her own business with her husband, is active in her local community, is Treasurer of the Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association and volunteers for the Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand campaign.

Dr Mels Barton (Secretary) emigrated to NZ in 1999 and runs her own environmental & communications consultancy Subliminal Ltd. Since 2016 she has been the Central Coordinator for the Kauri Rescue project. From 2010-2019, she was the National and Auckland Coordinator for the week-long annual event NZAEE Seaweek. She is also Chair of the Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association, a member of the management committee for Revive Our Gulf and was a trustee for the Weedfree & Ecomatters Trusts for many years. 
Mels was co-opted onto the Board of The Tree Council during winter 2011, and elected at the 2011 AGM.

David Smith joined The Tree Council in 2015 after getting involved in the successful battle to save the St Luke’s Pohutukawas. Originally from England he arrived in New Zealand after 9 years in Japan and is dedicated to keeping forests in good health and advocating for our urban forest in particular.

Suzanne Caron joined The Tree Council at the 2015 AGM and has led successful campaigns to save the Monterey Pines in Blockhouse Bay and the pohutukawas of Margan Ave in New Lynn. Originally from The United States, Suzanne immigrated to New Zealand about thirty years ago and has been a resident of Blockhouse Bay for 15 years. She has always been an avid tree planter and conservationist. She joined The Tree Council not knowing how dire the situation had become for our urban trees but is now prepared to learn all she can in the battle to save what remains of our urban forest.


Member benefits:

Membership of The Tree Council helps contribute to the work of the community tree advisers, and also entitles you to a number of benefits:
• Guided walks and lectures
• Regular newsletter
• Educational workshops


The Tree Council has produced a number of useful and informative publications for members and the public. By purchasing these, you will be supporting The Tree Council’s work.

The publications available currently include:

2012 Calendar
The Tree Council produced a 2012 calendar with photographs supplied by members and friends.  Unfortunately these are now sold out. Thanks to everyone who bought one.

Notable Trees of Auckland
Tree enthusiasts will delight in using this 40-page illustrated guide to track down 30 of Auckland City’s most unique, interesting and historic trees.
Maps and the easy-to-find directions will lead you to each of these remarkable trees.
Copies are just $10.00 (including P&P)

50 Trees for Auckland
This booklet will enable you to select the most suitable trees for your land, garden, farm or property.
Choosing the right species will ensure fast, healthy growth giving you maximum protection, beauty and privacy.
Informative and simple to use.
Copies are just $2.00 (including P&P)
To order any of the publications listed on this website, contact: The Secretary, Mels Barton at


The Tree Council PO Box 60-203, Titirangi, Auckland 0642,, 021 213 7779.
Please note - we are volunteers so we prefer email contact unless your issue is urgent. Thanks!
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