10 Dec 2015

Kauri tree under threat again

1:27 pm on 10 December 2015

A well-established kauri tree in Auckland, which was at the centre of a lengthy protest earlier this year, is under threat again.

Kauri tree that Michael Tavares lived in for a few days in March.

The kauri tree that Michael Tavares spent three days in. Photo: RNZ / Lauren Baker

The tree was going to get the chop early this year, after owners of the Titirangi property received consent to cut it down.

But in March a vocal campaign, and a sit-in up the tree by activist Michael Tavares, changed the minds of the owners, who gave an assurance it would not be cut down.

But some of those campaigners said a contractor was now being brought into cut it down, and they were again gathering at the site this afternoon.

Mr Tavares, who remained up the kauri for three days, was convicted of trespass in June.

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