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.

Latest News

Money for kauri urgently needed

Money for kauri urgently needed

  Media release: for immediate release 4 August 2020 MONEY FOR KAURI URGENTLY NEEDED The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird have written to Ministers O’Connor, Sage, Jones and Parker this week to request urgent funding for Regional Councils to implement essential work to protect kauri. The Ministry for Primary Industries… More

Resource Management Amendment Bill

Resource Management Amendment Bill

The Environment Select Committee have just released their final report on the Resource Management Amendment Bill, which you can read at the link below: https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ/SCR_96439/7ebfcb912ca459f322d27f4223d73b15d392fc9c 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… More

Urgent Help with Tree Issues

How to get help from Auckland Council with tree related issues

 

If you are in urgent need of tree related information from Auckland Council ring (09) 301 0101.

Say “ Priority One” and request to speak to someone in Compliance and Enforcement or to a Heritage Arborist.

Stay on the line until you get the response you require. Do not agree to have someone call you back (this may take days). Insist on speaking to the decision maker if the tree is in urgent danger. Make the staff find out who that is (it may be in Auckland Transport or Consents or Parks). Do not give up and do not get off the line.

Compliance and Enforcement can check on whether a resource consent has been granted for tree removal.  

Remember: trees that are on public land (including street trees), in a riparian (along a waterway) or coastal strip, or in a Significant Ecological Area, or on the Scheduled Tree List (Schedule 10) are all protected and require resource consents from Council for any works or removal.

Trees on private land without any of these protections can be removed without consent.

If you want to search the Unitary Plan yourself to check if the trees are protected click here to find out how.

If you are on site and can safely get yourself between the tree and the arborists trying to remove it then do so and refuse to move until you have seen evidence in writing that they have consent to remove the tree. You may at least be able to make them stop work until they have acquired the correct paperwork or until you have established the facts from the Council. But do not put yourself and others at risk. Do not trespass on private land.

 


The Tree Council PO Box 60-203, Titirangi, Auckland 0642, info@thetreecouncil.org.nz, 021 213 7779.
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