Pohutukawa may still get a reprieve
A new report by Auckland Transport (AT) says the steps it took in deciding whether to remove six pohutukawa trees opposite Western Springs are ‘‘usual practice for planners’’ under the Resource Management Act.
Its decision is not predetermined, AT says, or artificial.
The report, dated November 20, was sent to a panel of independent commissioners who will recommend what to do with the trees.
The cluster of pohutukawa lining Great North Rd are in the way of a $70 million road project – the St Lukes motorway interchange.
A new left-turning lane where the trees sit is planned so AT and the NZ Transport Agency say they must go.
The panel’s recommendation on the trees’ future is due on December 17.
Residents and supporters spoke out at a hearing earlier this month in a bid to save the trees.
The Waitemata Local Board, which owns the land under the trees, brought in a lawyer to take on AT.
The board says the trees should remain, as they are believed to be about 80 years old.
Chairman Shale Chambers argued their heritage and environmental significance should mean they stay put.
The trees are protected under the district plan.