Save the Pohutukawas on Great North Road

"They're the only bit of civility in this area, in the midst of an increasingly traffic-choked environment."

Auckland Transport have made the decision to axe six 80-year-old Pohutukawas from Great North Road. The trees are being removed to add few more lanes to the main highway.

Here's some footage that gives a sense of how those trees fit the larger context: Patrick Reynolds and Stuff deployed a drone to give us a birds-eye view of where the birds will no longer be able to nest, at least if the tree-cutting part of the plan goes ahead.  

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The spectacular trees have been a feature for three generations. The trees currently form a buffer between the North Western Motorway and Motat. Auckland Transport's decision is a blast from the past when transport planners got to decide everything about Auckland.

The last chance we have to save the 6 pohutukawas is to get Auckland Transport to reverse their decision. Email the CEO of Auckland Transport, David Warburton now and tell him to protect the pohutukawas from being cut down.

Read more at:

  1. NZTA's motorway plans affect pohutukawas, Jess Etheridge, November 6 2014
  2. Beware of the Leopard, Jolisa Gracewood, Nov 6, 2014

  3. St Luke’s Pohutukawa Consigned to Removal by NoR Hearing Panel, Vernon Tava, 

EMAIL DAVID WARBURTON, CEO OF AUCKLAND TRANSPORT