Seriously…they are…the weirdo tree hugging loons of Buller…going to hold a funeral for a tree:
Buller conservationists plan to hold a wake for a 500-year-old kahikatea tree that was felled by the Department of Conservation so it could extend a nearby tramping hut.
DoC is adamant the tree had to go to keep trampers staying at the Mokihinui Forks Hut safe.
However, Westport conservationist Peter Lusk is horrified, and says the tree had stood firm for centuries.
“It was here when Abel Tasman sailed past,” Mr Lusk said today. Read more »