Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Pine Removal Successful

26 October 2000

Auckland City arborists have today successfully felled the terminally-ill One Tree Hill monterey pine.

The reason for the urgent need to remove the tree was due to three independent reports indicating the pine was unstable.

It was removed successfully and safely with no damage to the site.

The felling began early this morning following a blessing ceremony by Iwi and residents.

Most of the work was completed by 4 pm today.

The first task was to take down the protective cage, allowing arborists to carefully remove several tiny pohutukawa seedlings growing in cracks at the base.

A helicopter was used to ferry pieces of the canopy to the bottom of the hill as they were cut away from the trunk.

A crane then lifted sections of the trunk onto a waiting truck for removal to a safe storage area.

Numerous requests have been received for larger pieces of the tree, however no decision has yet to be made for their dispersal.

Due to demands for pieces of the tree from the many hundreds of onlookers who turned out to watch its removal today, many were able to take away small pieces as souvenirs.

During the day visitor numbers to Cornwall Park have been much higher than usual, with Auckland City ambassadors busy directing people to safe areas to view the removal.


Auckland City manager in charge of the operation, Cameron Parr, says: “This was an incredibly difficult operation which required some very careful planning.”

“It has however gone without a hitch and with no damage to the historic site, as the result of an all round team effort.”

“It is sadly the end of an era but we can now concentrate on the process of deciding what will replace the pine. That decision is some way off and requires a good deal of thorough consultation with the many interested parties”.


ENDS

For further information, contact Cameron Parr (09) 379 2020.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election