Aotea pines to go
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.