A message from the #SaveourKauri team
Thank you so much. We’ve been overwhelmed by your support – two years ago we were a small group of neighbours and residents shocked that anyone could contemplate cutting down a 500 year old Kauri, but this last week we’ve grown into a movement over 25,000 strong, adamant that our taonga deserve protection. We won’t stop until our Kauri is safe. We’re here for the long haul, to #SaveOurKauri.
We want to update you on developments at 40 Paturoa Road. Today we really got a sense of how hard this could be, when a Police car and van crawled past us. Michael has already been trespassed, and we know that if he’s removed from the tree and arrested, the Kauri is no longer safe.
That’s why we need your help. Please email Len Brown and the Auckland Councillors now, urging them to find a solution that will let our kauri stand for another 500 years. You may want to write your own letter but feel free to use this one:
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Dear Len & Auckland Councillors,
Thank you for your efforts so far to #SaveOurKauri, however I’m writing to you to urge you to do more. This afternoon the tree was visited by several Police vehicles, and we still lack a long term solution to this Kauri’s protection. The situation is precarious, and we could be days from losing our ability to save the Kauri for generations to come.
Please don’t let that happen.
This cannot be the new normal, we need to save the Kauri for future generations and put in place processes immediately to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Thank you …
It is crucial over coming days that we maintain our presence at the site. We can #SaveOurKauri if we keep our numbers up, so please come down to support Michael and the whole team. The Facebook event is here, and we’d love to see you at 7am every morning, or whenever you can make it.
TOMORROW we need a crew at the site, so please if you can go there. However we are also presenting the petition to the Auckland Council tomorrow morning. We will gather outside the Auckland Town Hall at 9am – if you can join us, bring a sign, bring a friend or three and stand with us to #SaveOurKauri!!
Thank you again for all your support. We couldn’t do this without you.
The #SaveOurKauri team.
Update: In the Herald this morning the owners have promised to save the trees, sort of. The details will obviously be all important.
It's all happening this morning! we're delighted by initial reports! I'm up here to #SaveOurKauri so once it's safe I'm happy to come down.
— Michael João Tavares (@thewildernerd) March 11, 2015
Update2: Michael Tavares is now on solid ground and is visiting the New Lynn Police station to have a chat.
And Auckland Council has voted 10 to 9 not to support the Waitakere Ranges Local Board’s opposition to the felling of the Kauri and the Rimu. Surprisingly Waitakere Councillors Linda Cooper and Penny Hulse as well as Mayor Len Brown voted against providing support.