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Written by Pamela Peters, Mayor, Whangarei District Council   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Date: 12/06/2006
Type: Mayoral Announcement

Think of the photos you see of our Whangarei coastline. So many of them seem to feature the boughs and blossoms of pohutukawa.

Think, also, of those prized family pictures taken of your children swinging from branches, a picnic in the beach shade or perhaps your old wooden dingy upended on gnarled roots.

The pohutukawa tree has become a defining symbol of Whangarei.

The future of our coastal pohutukawa is a contentious issue at present, one on which the council must take a role.

From my own personal perspective, independent of council, those big, old coastal pohutukawa deserve our protection, on public land and private. I don’t believe people should be able to fell ancient trees, as of right, on any part of the coast, even their own land.

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