The battle to save an ancient kauri tree from execution-by -property developer is over: Something is still standing…and it’s certainly not the leg of the Auckland City Council.
For several days the nation has been transfixed on the epic David and Goliath story of one community’s revolt over consent given to chop down a native kauri and rimu tree thought to be hundreds of years old.
The consent - ticked off by the council for the land owners, a couple of architects who wanted to build a home there - had not been publicly notified.
But when it all eventually came out, people living both nearby the site in Auckland’s western suburb of Titirangi and far further afield, decided to go out on a limb.
Enter Michael Tavares, a well-spoken Waiheke Island local, who upon hearing about the trees’... Read more >