Tragedy woman named

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hands of the Lord yes­ter­day ... Tr­ish stands out be­cause she ... has such a lov­ing heart and wel­com­ing arms ... She will be so missed by so many of us.’’

Ro­torua Mayor Steve Chad­wick last night said But­ter­worth’s death was a ‘‘tragic ac­ci­dent’’ and ex­tended her con­do­lences to her fam­ily.

‘‘It is too early to spec­u­late on the cir­cum­stances of this tragic ac­ci­dent but I can as­sure you coun­cil will co-op­er­ate fully with any in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der­taken by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties,’’ she said.

Brenda Fraser wrote ‘‘Whaea Tr­ish was a very spe­cial lady. I feel priv­i­leged to have been her friend and I will miss hav­ing non­judg­men­tal and hon­est dis­cus­sions with her about life’’. Amy­beth Gutwein said ‘‘I loved the deep and mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions I had with her and es­pe­cially loved see­ing her face light up when her very much loved hus­band came. She acted like a cute teenager with ma­jor crush! So beau­ti­ful xox’’.

Fam­ily friend Jackie Ngatai said But­ter­worth’s hus­band Keith and fam­ily would not like to com­ment but it’s ex­pected a church service will be held for her in Hamil­ton ei­ther to­mor­row or Tues­day and she will be buried in Te Puke.

Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Tiri­ana said a tree spe­cial­ist had raised con­cerns about the tree although a Fe­bru­ary 2017 re­port rec­om­mended an­nual in­spec­tions and found no ma­jor is­sues with the tree, which was more than 150 years old, Tiri­ana said.

An­other in­spec­tion in late Septem­ber, early Oc­to­ber led to re­placed brac­ing and ‘‘some branch re­duc­tion’’.

But lo­cals have said it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the ‘‘old’’ and ‘‘bro­ken’’ tree came down, and they said con­cerns and com­plaints made to coun­cil had fallen on deaf ears.

Res­i­dent Anna White said she uses the in­ter­sec­tion al­most daily and she had of­ten won­dered ‘‘when it might fall’’.

White said she had seen wire ropes set up around the ‘‘pre­car­i­ous’’ tree in re­cent months.

‘‘If you asked any lo­cal about the tree they’d all know which one you were re­fer­ring to – it didn’t take a tree spe­cial­ist to be con­cerned,’’ she said.

Ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Tree Reg­is­ter, the oak had a girth of 7.14m and was pro­tected un­der the district coun­cil plan.

Spencer’s Oak was long con­sid­ered the largest of its species in New Zealand, but had been trumped by an English oak near Motueka, the reg­is­ter states.

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