March 09, 2021
Canal Rd trees felled after 245-day protest
A stand of native trees in Avondale that has been the subject of a 245-day protest has been felled.
The Mana Rakau – Save Canal Road Native Trees group says nine protesters who had been sitting in the trees were arrested as contractors cut down the remaining trees.
Spokesperson Juressa Lee blamed a failure of political leadership by Mayor Phil Goff and Environment Minister David Parker.
The privately-owned land had been sold to developer Paul Macey of Made Homes on the condition the site was cleared.
Ms Lee says over one-third of Auckland’s tree canopy has been destroyed since general tree protection legislation was removed in 2008.
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