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Canal Rd Native Tree Protectors To Appear In Court Monday


10 tree protectors suffering bruises, broken bones and
carrying branches from the trees they tried to save will
appear in the Auckland District Court at 9am tomorrow
(Monday 15 March).

The 10 were arrested last Tuesday
while attempting to stop the felling by developer Paul Macey
of the remaining native trees at a Canal Road property in
Avondale.

The 245 day community occupation of the
property at 52-58 Canal Road came to a “heartbreaking”
end on Tuesday when over 70 police and a score of security
guards blocked the community from entering the site while
Macey directed contractors to chainsaw the remaining native
trees at the highly contested property. Over 24 trees were
cut down or ringbarked that day including rare kawaka and
black maire.

Despite suffering bruises and broken
bones the 10, all charged with willful trespass, will carry
branches of the felled native trees to symbolise their
resolve to bring back general tree protection in New
Zealand.

“We are heartbroken and devastated that
this irreplaceable native arboretum has been destroyed but
our resolve is stronger than ever to fight for a return of
general tree protection so that this can’t happen
again,” said arborist and tree sitter Zane Wedding who had
his wrist and two fingers broken by heavy handed security,
then was arrested on the day.

Long-time tree-sitter
and arborist Hanna Luypers was forced out of the pohutukawa
she was occupying on Tuesday as trees were felled around her
and Daniel Raymond (son of landowner David Raymond) began
chainsawing the stem of the tree.

“It was
terrifying, but stronger than that fear is my anger at the
failure of Mayor Phil Goff and Environment Minister David
Parker to do anything to stop the wholesale destruction of
trees across our city,” said Luypers.

Wedding and
Luypers and the group Mana Rākau that arose from the Save
Canal Road Native Tree protest intend to take their call for
tree protection to Auckland Council and Parliament in coming
weeks.

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