25 Feb 2020

Local iwi historian joins fight to protect Western Springs pine trees

From Checkpoint, 6:25 pm on 25 February 2020

A new front has opened up in West Auckland's tree saga, with a Ngāti Whatua representative delivering a stinging rebuke to the Waitematā Local Board today.

The plan to get rid of some 200 pine trees has already proven hugely controversial among a group of Western Springs locals, but had up until this morning been a predominantly Pākēhā protest.

But Ngāti Whatua historian and tikanga expert Joe Pihema says the local board has derailed its relationship with the iwi by failing to consult.

Matthew Theunissen reports.