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Iwi want to own the forest, but then want taxpayer to pay for doing the weeding

Iwi want to own and manage the forest and tell us all they are the guardians of Waipoua Forest for us all…but it turns out that they really mean for a price….to help with the weeding.

The Waipoua Forest Trust says the Transport Agency is putting Tane Mahuta and other giant kauri under threat by careless management of the road that runs through the Northland forest.

The conservation trust sent a report to the agency saying endangered plants have been weed-sprayed and rare trees chainsawed, and invasive weeds are running rampant.

The trust’s spokesperson, Keith Stewart, said the agency was ignoring its responsibility to protect the forest, and the iwi in charge of managing the roadside needed to take more care.

He said the agency was being cavalier.

“I think the problem lies with the NZTA [New Zealand Transport Agency], they’re the ones at the end of the day who have the responsibility for that road and for the forest it goes through, the problem that we have at the trust right now is that the response from NZTA has been to completely ignore our complaints, completely ignore them.”

The Transport Agency said it had met trust representatives to try to understand their concerns, and was auditing the management of the forest.

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If you want to save the tree then buy the land, otherwise bugger off

Some hippy tree-huggers in West Auckland are trying to save a kauri and a rimu.

What rips my undies is that the trees are on private land and these busy-bodies are invading the land to protect the trees.

Residents in West Auckland are protesting plans to fell a 500-year-old kauri in Titirangi.

Protest organiser and local resident Aprilanne Bonar said they would blockade the site on Monday morning, where a proposed house and deck are to be built.

“It is unconscionable that during a time of enormous concern about kauri dieback that developers would kill a healthy kauri, to make way for a deck,” Bonar said.

She said members of local hapu, concerned residents, and several local politicians would be gathering to support the occupation and advocate for protection of local heritage and ecology.

“Destruction, without public consultation, of a 500-year-old kauri and a 300-year-old rimu have been permitted as outcome of reforms to the Resource Management Act,” she said.   Read more »