After wasting more than $12,300 on “preparations” the Auckland Council has made the decision not to cut down a Pohutukawa obstructing a footpath at Piha after “tree enthusiasts” fought to have the tree saved from removal after a complaint was made by a resident that the overhanging tree was a danger to pedestrians.
“Spokesperson for the group, Peter Hosking, says they set up a Facebook group for the tree and it attracted 140 likes.”
People of the Auckland west coast beach fought with the Waitakere Ranges Local Board to keep the native tree and say they are happy their voices have been heard.
He says Auckland Transport just didn’t seem to understand they live in a coastal village, not in Queen Street.
This particular tree is part of a remnant coastal pohutukawa forest which is rare on the West Coast and it’s a distinctive feature when people arrive at Piha Beach.”
A picture of a greyhound laying a coil on the lawn could achieve 140 likes.
20 seconds with the Stihl and an ecosourced seedling: problem solved. $12,300 + of ratepayers money saved.