Hundreds of people have protested against an Auckland City Council decision to cut down a 500-year-old kauri tree.
A group of developers have gained a resource consent from Auckland Council approving the removal of the trees.
About 100 protesters were at the site early this week, where the tree – as well as a 300-year-old neighbouring rimu – was due to be felled by contractors. One protestor climbed the kauri and contractors were forced to leave as a result.
The police were called to deal with the situation.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has even shared her views on the matter.
Ms Clark – now the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme – posted her views on Facebook. She said it was “extraordinary in this day and age that a permit would be given to fell a 500 year old kauri tree.”
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