Kauri

Kauri protest trespasser wants a restorative justice meeting to badger the victims some more

The cheek of some people. The trespassing ratbag wants restorative justice, presumably so he can hector the victims some more.

A man who staged a sit-in protest up a kauri in west Auckland says he hopes the property owner will agree to a restorative justice meeting.

Arborist Johno Smith pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court this morning to trespass.

The 32-year-old arborist spent nearly two weeks up the kauri in Titirangi last month, in an effort to stop it being cut down.

An injunction to stop development on the site remains in place until an appeal against resource consent is heard next month.

He climbed down after it was ring-barked. ?? Read more »

Kauri trespasser arrested. Bus ticket being soaked in water now

The illegal trespasser who was sitting in someone else’s tree has come down and handed himself in to?the?Police.

A protester who took up residence in a kauri tree at the centre of a legal dispute was yesterday arrested and charged with trespassing.

Johno Smith handed himself in to the police after he spent 13 days living in the tree, located on a Paturoa Rd property in bush-clad Titirangi, to prevent it being felled.

He was forced down after it was “viciously attacked” at dawn by a group who ringbarked it while Mr Smith was still in it.

The 32-year-old said he was woken by a noise early in the morning and looked down to see eight security guards. Three had chainsaws and began to cut into the tree while the remaining five waited in a van.

The attack left a deep gouge on the side of the kauri, with a cut spanning the tree’s circumference.

A Save Our Kauri spokeswoman, Aprilanne Bonar, said it had put Mr Smith’s life at risk.

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About time, why didn’t they do it earlier?

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Someone has?ring barked the kauri in West Auckland.

Protestors trying to save a west Auckland kauri tree say an attempt’s been made to kill it, with one of their number still in the canopy.

The tree’s been ring barked.

Protest organiser Aprilanne Bonar said eight security guards arrived at quarter past six this morning – three of them with chainsaws. ?? Read more »

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If Rachel Hunter loves the tree so much how about she buy the property

Rachel Hunter has entered into the attack on private property rights currently being waged in West Auckland

“Our Rach” has joined the debate over the fate of a West Auckland kauri.

Contractors this week arrived at the Titirangi property of John Lenihan and Jane Greensmith to cut down the tree.

In March, activist Michael Tavares spent three days suspended in the tree amid public outcry for its protection.

Lenihan and Greensmith planned to remove the tree, which is not protected, to build two houses.

They had resource consent from the Auckland Council to do so, but the tree was given a reprieve so neighbours could buy the land.

That had not happened, so they had resumed their original plan, they said on Thursday.

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Radio NZ forced to pull their head in

Radio NZ did a dreadful hit job on Oravida and David Wong-Tung over swamp kauri.

That story led Kelvin Davis and Winston Peters to lead an attack on the government in parliament.

There was however a major problem…the story was wrong. So wrong it looks like lawyers were called in.

On Tuesday, 16 June we broadcast a story (and subsequently published it on our website) about the contention of environmentalists in Northland that the Ministry for Primary Industries was failing to ensure that swamp kauri exports complied with the requirements of the Forests Act 1949.

The story referred to Oravida (and one of its directors David Wong-Tung) as a kauri wholesaler. ? Read more »

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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Winston to the rescue!!!

The so-called Darby and Joan Bridge in the Waipoua kauri forest is on the list of 10 one-way bridges to be upgraded – an announcement National made during the Northland by-election.

Te Roroa Treaty settlement negotiator Gary Hooker said no one from National asked what iwi thought.

He said if they had, they would have discovered the bridge was flanked by two iconic kauri.

“The only way it could be done, as far as I can see, is for one or both of the trees to be moved, which in itself could be quite an undertaking,” Mr Hooker said. Read more »

The shamelessness is off the scale

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Winston Peters says he’d climb a threatened kauri tree in his electorate, to save it from the chainsaw.

Two ancient trees will be under threat if the Government keeps its by-election promise to widen the Darby and Joan bridge. Read more »

Leaked council email tells the real story of the Kauri tree and the lies the tree huggers told

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This email has been leaked to us and it shows that the tree hugger, eco-terrorists who trespassed and destroyed a couples private property rights were lying about the tree.

It is from Julie Bevan the?General Manager Resource Consents for Council and bolded highlights were added by WOBH.

From: Julie Bevan
Sent: Monday, 16 March 2015 5:02 p.m.
To: GRP AC Resource Consenting – All Resource Consenting
Subject: Information about kauri tree issue last week

Dear all

Most of you will have seen or read the media coverage on the issue of the kauri tree at Paturoa Rd in Titirangi last week, in which the decision to give consent to fell the tree to clear a building platform was hotly debated. As always, a lot of context and accurate information was missing. Here?s a summary of what happened:

Two resource consents were granted by Independent Commissioners for the construction of two houses on adjoining sites in Titirangi. The sites are bush-clad and are zoned Bush ?Living ? which is a residential zoning in the Waitakere section of the District Plan.? It is also a Significant Ecological Area under the Unitary Plan and the removal of vegetation and trees for an access way and building platform is provided for within this overlay.

When the consent application involving the section with the kauri tree was processed, the council had communication with the local board and received the opinion of two separate arborists, ecologists, a landscape architect and an engineer. The applicant contacted iwi. Careful consideration was given to a range of options for locating the building platform that would cause the least impact on the bush, and ensuring the shortest driveway to minimise effects, etc. ? Read more »

Rodney Hide on the eco-terrorists of Waitakere

Rodney Hide calmly explains the wrongs of the kauri eco-terrorists int he Herald on Sunday.

Quick, whack your old trees down. Otherwise you run the risk of having MP David Cunliffe living up it and being bossed about from New York by former Prime Minister Helen Clark. Supermodel Rachel Hunter will weigh in with obscenities on Facebook: that’s because you fail to appreciate the “life force” your tree holds.

That’s what has happened to architect John Lenihan and his family. They were going about the lawful enjoyment of their Titirangi property, including chopping down their old kauri. It was theirs. They bought it. But no matter. They had to be stopped.

They had protesters outside their property, a fellow living up the tree, a nationwide media furore and everyone from the UN down telling them they were greedy and evil. They received death threats.

No one said what the Lenihans were doing was illegal but plenty of people were screaming abuse and happy to break the law.

The dispute could have been resolved peacefully by the protesters digging deep and buying the property. Rachel Hunter could afford it. So, too, could Helen Clark. And David Cunliffe.

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