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


Council asks for tree prosecution to be withdrawn

Council asks for tree prosecution to be withdrawn

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.

It will be advising the Crown Solicitor in Palmerston North that it is the Council’s view that the charges be withdrawn.

"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 District Plan."

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 enforcement policy.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news