A handsaw attack on the limb of a pohutukawa tree obstructing a roadside walkway in Piha has ended a long, costly and spirited battle.
A 15cm-deep cut at the base of the limb, believed to have occurred last Thursday night, has made it a safety hazard and left the council with no option but to remove it in the next few days, Auckland Council parks manager Mark Bowater said.
The tree, which hangs over the walkway on Beach Valley Rd, has been described as the most expensive tree branch in Auckland by Deputy Mayor and Waitakere councillor Penny Hulse.
The council and Auckland Transport have spent $12,300 on resource consent fees on the tree in the past 18 months. Last week the Waitakere Ranges Local Board voted to spend $8000 to remove a section of wooden railing and install a speed hump to allow pedestrians to walk around the limb unobstructed.