Kauri

Land-owners let down by politicians in kauri case

Politicians are a scary prospect at times.

We vote for them to run our cities and country and it appears that they don’t understand the law one bit.

If you’re gonna be a politician – at least get to know the laws of the land just so you don’t look like a prize goose when you mouth off about an issue or try to look like you’re doing something about it.

The Great Titirangi Kauri Tree caper has to be one of those moments when we collectively wonder just how bright our civic and national leaders are.

They all rushed out there, held meetings and expressed concern for the said tree, whilst openly stating they were trying to do something about it.

The fact is, there was and is no legal grounds on which they politicians could resolve the issue.

The Resource Consent can’t be revoked. Most likely a Judicial Review on process would fail to pass the required threshold test to succeed and so everyone was powerless to do anything at all.  Read more »

Senior UN official meddles in local issues

A senior UN official has been caught meddling in domestic New Zealand issues.

She is as usual unrepentant and feels that she can ignore the usual protocols of UN officials refraining from entering local political debates on issues…especially on an issue that is actually a private property rights issue.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has weighed in on the battle to stop a 500-year-old kauri from being chopped down in Auckland.

Ms Clark – now the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme – posted her views on a photo of supporters at a protest in Paturoa Rd, Titirangi, where the centuries’ old kauri is due to be brought down.

“Extraordinary in this day and age that a permit would be given to fell a 500 year old kauri tree,” she wrote.

The comment was made on a photo posted on Facebook by Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Greg Presland. He is pictured with fellow member Saffron Toms and board chairwoman Sandra Coney.

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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 »

Stop hugging them and start singing

Tree-lovers are turning their backs on hugs in favour of singing. A choir will serenade disease-ravaged kauri in the hope the stricken giants of the forest will respond to human sound.

Auckland composer Phil Dadson has been commissioned to create a work highlighting the destructive kauri dieback at next month’s Auckland Arts Festival. He has recruited 20 tree-lovers with a musical ear to form a choir and is composing a “conversation with nature”.

Many in the project are hoping their efforts will add to the fight against dieback, a fungus-like disease that damages the tree’s roots, reducing the amount of nutrients carried to the tree.

Kauri have no natural resistance and there is no known treatment.

The obvious answer is to sing them a song.  Read more »

Labour to “spend $20 over $10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease”…uhmm what?

I’m not sure that “$20 over $10 years” is going to do much at all for Kauri trees, and i’m not sure that Kauri trees can even vote.

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