Kauri trees left ex­posed

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Two ma­ture kauri trees in Ti­ti­rangi will not get spe­cial pro­tec­tion.

The trees on Paturoa Rd don’t qual­ify for Sig­nif­i­cant Eco­log­i­cal Area (SEA) pro­tec­tion be­cause it was not of­fered for in­di­vid­ual trees.

SEA was an area of sig­nif­i­cant na­tive veg­e­ta­tion or fauna pro­tected by local gov­ern­ment.

Paturoa Rd res­i­dent Di­nah Mor­ris said it was a shame Auck­land Coun­cil de­cided against re­in­stat­ing the pro­tec­tion.

‘‘It’s such a pity that they won’t, SEA pro­tec­tion was there be­fore and they re­moved it,’’ Mor­ris said.

‘‘Why can’t they just sign a piece of pa­per, it’s not that dif­fi­cult, and give the trees the spe­cial pro­tec­tion they de­serve.’’

The trees had SEA pro­tec­tion un­til it was re­moved in 2014 fol­low­ing a re­source con­sent sub­mis­sion from nearby res­i­dents to re­move veg­e­ta­tion.

Auck­land Coun­cil plans and places man­ager John Duguid said SEA pro­tec­tion was not given to an in­di­vid­ual or small group of trees.

He said the trees would not be left vul­ner­a­ble be­cause the coun­cil would still have a say if some­one wanted to chop them down.

‘‘These trees can­not be re­moved with­out a re­source con­sent, as they are lo­cated within the road re­serve and are greater than four me­tres in height,’’ Duguid said.

Res­i­dent Di­nah Mor­ris says the kauri trees are a big part of the com­mu­nity.

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