Johno Smith has appeared today in the Waitakere District Court charged with trespass after his climbing of the Paturoa Road Kauri in an effort to save it. He has pleaded guilty to the charge. He has released a press release that sets out his reasons why he did this. These are his reasons:
I will plead guilty to Wilful Trespass and take full accountability for my actions. I shouldn’t have to break the law to protect our environment for future generations. Legislation should be in place to ensure our planet remains habitable.
Recent law reforms under the National Government have seen a greater proportion of mature trees being removed across the country; we need to act quickly if we want to preserve our Urban Forests by implementing a better form of tree protection.
Leading overseas cities have Urban Forest Strategies in place that are vital for the health and wellbeing of their communities. The National Government’s failure to protect our Urban Forests means New Zealand is falling behind