Aotea pines to go

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The pine trees at Bax­ters Knob, Aotea, will be re­moved over the next few months and re­placed with na­tive veg­e­ta­tion.

The trees will be re­moved by Aotea sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­oper Car­rus Cor­po­ra­tion and Porirua City Coun­cil.

‘‘ The trees have al­ways been ear­marked for re­moval and are at a stage where they are at risk of fall­ing down and be­com­ing a safety risk,’’ says Car­russ project man­ager Bar­rie Shute.

Most of the area is due to be vested with the coun­cil as a new 6.7-hectare re­serve as part of the Aotea De­vel­op­ment Plan.

‘‘The ex­ist­ing ex­otic trees will be re­placed with na­tive veg­e­ta­tion in­clud­ing tau­pata, ti kouka [cab­bage tree], grise­linea, ma­hoe, manuka, ngaio, lemon­wood and Doodia squar­rosa, a rare fern en­demic to Porirua,’’ says the coun­cil’s leisure as­sets and ser­vices man­ager Karyn Stillwell.

Fu­ture de­vel­op­ments on Bax­ters Knob also in­clude a net­work of path­ways through the re­serve and a look­out is also pos­si­ble.

The forestry re­moval works will start in mid April and will take about four weeks to com­plete.

The coun­cil is ad­vis­ing peo­ple to stay clear.

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