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.
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. https://www.labour.org.nz/release-labour-commits-to-stronger-protection-for-our-native-kauri The policy promises to deliver a National Pest Management… More
Despite The Tree Council’s best efforts proposing they include provisions to better protect urban trees these have been ignored and the Bill now going for its second reading does not contain any such provisions. This is a massive disappointment and we feel very let down by the government.
This is what the Select Committee said about their consideration of urban tree protection:
“During our consideration, we considered several issues that have not resulted to changes to this bill, for various reasons.
We note that a significant number of submissions commented on district planning rules for urban tree protection. We note that consideration of a more efficient process for identifying trees for protection may be considered as part of the wider resource management system review.
One member was of the view that urban tree protection should be reinstated, especially given the high number of submissions from the public to this effect. Other members were satisfied that intention will be achieved through future RMA changes.“