20 Feb 2015

Vote to save pohutukawa from chop

6:41 pm on 20 February 2015

The board of Auckland Transport has unanimously voted to spare a group of pohutukawa being felled for motorway improvements.

The six threatened pōhutukawa trees opposite the Museum of Transport and Technology in Western Springs to widen Great North Road.

The six pohutukawa trees opposite the Museum of Transport and Technology in Western Springs. Photo: Supplied

There has been a community campaign to save the six 80-year-old trees, which line part of the North Western Motorway near the Museum of Transport and Technology.

At a meeting of the Auckland Transport board this afternoon, campaigners made a final plea for the trees to be left alone.

They said they were thrilled with the decision.

Jolisa Gracewood

Jolisa Gracewood Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

A campaign spokesperson, Jolisa Gracewood, said the case for saving the trees was very clear.

She had earlier told board members there was concern about how little Auckland would gain if the trees went.

She said their removal offered no better outcome and the plan was not worthy of Auckland Transport's consideration.

Waitemata local board chair Shale Chambers had also said the project should be stopped and reconsidered.

The decision means alternative ways of upgrading the key piece of roading must now be found.

Tim O'Shea and Christine Rose come with placards to the board meeting.

Tim O'Shea and Christine Rose come with placards to the board meeting. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

The board's chairman Lester Levy said the decision should not be seen as the board caving into pressure.

"The board believes that there are superior transport solutions for us. The board believes that we should be engaging more closely with the community on our solutions.

"This matter will now move forward in a different way," he said.

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