Goff: 'A million trees and shrubs for Auckland'
10:35 AM Saturday Aug 13, 2016
A million trees and shrubs will be planted in Auckland if he is elected major, Phil Goff says.
A million extra trees and shrubs, mostly native, will be planted in Auckland over the next three years if Phil Goff is elected the city's new mayor in October.
The promise is included in the first part of Goff's environmental policy and is aimed at addressing environmental concerns and increasing green cover.
Goff called the policy the Million Trees Programme and said it would cost $1 million a year.
That would allow the council to provide practical support so the current planning programme could be expanded, with costs offset by partnering with businesses and iwi, he said.
"Many organisations like schools, the Department of Conversation, private entities and NGOs (non-governmental organisations), local boards and social groups, to name a few, already do great work in this space but there is a role for council to be involved as well.
"[The] council will work with local boards and encourage them to lead tree planting projects in their communities. I want this to be a community-led programme because our local communities know best what the needs are in their areas.
"Planting more trees, especially riparian planting, will improve the health of our harbours and rivers by preventing erosion and reducing salutation in the Hauraki Gulf, the Kaipara and Manukau Harbours, and our rivers and streams."
The plan would also help combat climate change and help New Zealand meet its Paris Conference on Climate Change obligations.
"Planting more trees will help beautify and purify our city. It is a win-win for everyone."
- NZ Herald
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Auckland couple at war with neighbours over peach tree
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5th May 2016
Hiring a contractor to cut down a tree is standard household business – except when the tree is in your neighbours garden.
Police agree with Flat Bush couple Iris and Chao Chang that their neighbours hired an arborist to cut down their 4.5m tall peach tree without their permission, but say there is not enough evidence or public interest to prosecute for willful damage.
The Changs say they feel let down that they cannot get justice for their damaged property, and the situation has left them $2000 out of pocket, stressed and upset.
“We are very, very upset,” said Mrs Chang. “We have been left with a stump and a broken heart.”
The couple live on Topland Drive in south-east Auckland and share a fence-line with the Shi family on Darion Place.
The Changs take pride in their trees, and were especially fond of their large Golden Peach tree which bore “delicious, sweet” fruit in the summer.
Last year, Chang gave permission for the neighbours to trim the leaves and branches that hung over their fence, but in June discovered the nine-year-old tree had been felled and just a stump remained.
He said he confronted his neighbour, Xin Shi, and his wife confronted Shi’s father on separate occasions and both men admitted they had hired a contractor to fell the tree.
Chang said he made a covert recording of the conversation, which was in Mandarin, and used it to lay a complaint with police.
Police responded to the incident and made some enquiries.
In correspondence with the Changs, a police officer said: “I am in agreeance [sic] with the complainant that the damage to the tree was caused at the directions of the suspect.
“However due to his denial a [warning] cannot be issued. Advised complainant to seek redress through civil routes should he wish to pursue further.”
Mr Chang said the couple were very distressed by the finding, as they wanted justice for their property damage.
“The tree cutter came to apologise to me after the police contacted him. We were trusting the police, and expecting the police to conduct a solid investigation to such a simple case to give us a fair result.
“They assigned police to investigate, how come the outcome turn out to be like that, with no solutions?”
When contacted by the Herald, a police spokeswoman said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the case.
“The contractor’s refusal to make a statement impacts on the available evidence. What Police ‘believe’ is not relevant.
“The issue is whether the actions are criminal and whether there is evidence available which would provide a reasonable prospect of conviction as stated in the [Solicitor-General’s Prosecution] Guidelines.”
The guidelines state that a criminal charge can be filed only if a test for prosecution can be met.
“The primary purpose of the civil law on the other hand is to provide a mechanism for solving disputes between individual people,” she said.
The neighbour anticipates that the case will eventually go to court, and told the Herald he is prepared to take that action himself.
– NZ Herald
18th August 2016