I am writing to follow up on the letter from Mike Howell of Mt Roskill about the felling of a significant Pohutukawa tree at 2 Glenarm Rd, ( Central Leader, July 3).
I have checked regarding the process for any council consent to chop down this tree and unfortunately it appears that a consent was not even needed.
This is a direct result of changes made to the Resource Management Act by central Government, which saw an end to blanket tree protections in Auckland.
Prior to that the Glenarm Rd tree may have been protected due to size or age, but once that law change was made trees need to be individually identified for protection and it appears this one was not.
Sadly that is not surprising as there was a very low number of trees protected in our community prior to the law change.
I agree with Mr Howell that trees are an important part of our environment and our sense of space, and am disappointed that the law change has made trees more vulnerable rather than more valued.
I encourage anyone interested in providing greater protection to our urban forest to keep an eye out for the relevant proposals in the Unitary Plan when it is notified later in the year and consider submitting; to speak up for the trees, who after all cannot speak for themselves. nightmare with cars still turning from both the centre and right lane out of New North Rd.
Auckland Transport needs to lift its game by making these lane changes more obvious before someone is injured.