Council asks for tree prosecution to be withdrawn
Council asks for tree prosecution to be
Following comments by a District Court judge
today that the felling of native trees on an Ōtaki property
was a ‘trivial’ offence, Council believes it is no
longer in the public interest to seek a prosecution against
the contractor also charged over the same incident.
will be advising the Crown Solicitor in Palmerston North
that it is the Council’s view that the charges be
"The Court’s view expressed today, and the
intense media coverage this case has drawn, has made
pursuing a prosecution against the contractor no longer in
the public interest.
"This case was always going to be
very sensitive, and we endeavoured to align our protection
measures of the Kāpiti Coast's unique native bush with the
wishes of this community via the rules of the Operative
Mr Dougherty has publicly acknowledged
that some of the advice the Council received was not
acceptable, and has launched an investigation to understand
where improvements can be made to operations and the
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