We are taking a strategic approach to knowing, growing, and protecting our urban ngahere (forest).
The nine principles of Auckland's Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy
Right tree in the right place.
Preference for native species.
Ensure urban forest diversity.
Protect mature, healthy trees.
Create ecological corridors and connections.
Access for all residents.
Manage urban forest on public and private land.
Deploy regulatory and non-regulatory tools.
Manage the whole lifecycle of urban trees.
Fine words but what is strategic about not saving a native tree canopy of 17 different native tree species some of which are rare? They also have significant historical and environmental value too. How is meaningful tree protection going to be acheived without restoration of tree protection that was removed from the RMA in 2012?
Due to apparent unsafe and poor work practises on this site Worksafe has issued a Stop work Prohibition Notice on this site - a small reprieve for the trees and the many locals who support their protection.
During March & April 2021 nearly all these trees were destroyed. Auckland Council made no meaningful attempt to save them. The community were greatly saddened by this action.