14 Dec 2015

Auckland kauri protest into fourth day

12:21 pm on 14 December 2015

A man protesting against the felling of a large west Auckland kauri tree is into his fourth day in its branches in an effort to keep it from the axe.

The tree was the subject of protest action and a sit-in early this year before being granted a reprieve by the owners of the Titirangi property it stands on.

Contractors arrived on site with chainsaws to fell the tree last week, but protesters managed to persuade them not to cut it down.

Johno Smith climbed the tree in protest on Friday and the protesters say he was issued with a trespass notice by police on Saturday.

The owners have two resource consents to build on the site and cut down the tree.