A protester is going into a second day 25 metres up a kauri in Titirangi, vowing to hang in there until the tree is safe.
The owners of the property have consent to cut down the 500-year-old tree and a 300-year-old rimu, but some locals have been vocal in their opposition. . .
Police issued Mr Tavares a verbal trespass notice yesterday afternoon.
Auckland Council had allowed the removal of the trees so developers John Lenihan and Jane Greensmith could build two homes.
The council said it was satisfied all measures were being taken to minimise the effects of the tree removal and ecological value of the site.
It said the developers had chosen to build the homes close to the road to minimise the number of trees that need to be removed.
The council said it understood people’s concerns but the zoning on these sites allowed for development if environmental effects were considered. . .
This tree is on private property.
It doesn’t belong to the protesters or the council.
It belongs to the people who own the property.
They have gone through the expensive process of getting consent for their plans and have chosen to site the homes to minimise the impact they’ll have on the trees.
Those wanting to protect the tree are trampling over the property rights of the owner.
They will also be putting other people off planting trees for fear that they, or those who come after them, will have their property rights threatened.