Eleven old trees earmarked for felling in a Whangarei park have gained a temporary reprieve.
The trees, in Mander Park, border State Highway 1, which runs through the city, and were to have been cut down next weekend so that the road can be widened.
But the New Zealand Transport Agency has decided to defer the work.
It says the project is still waiting for funding and with winter rains on the way there is no guarantee the job could be finished before the Rugby World Cup.
Instead, the agency says, it may make a start on improvements to the intersection of state highways 1 and 14 at Maunu Road.
Protesters opposed to the felling have tied ribbons around the threatened trees and drawn faces on them.