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Written by Glen Prentice, The northern Advocate   
Tuesday, 26 September 2006

New Zealand's richest man has pulled the plug on sponsorship for a project to save the pohutukawa, a decision the Department of Conservation says could have huge implications for Northland. The Project Crimson Trust has been funding schemes to boost pohutukawa and rata numbers throughout New Zealand since 1990, sponsored by forestry company Carter Holt Harvey. The project was set up after a survey revealed large chunks of coastal pohutukawa had been destroyed by possums, fires and farming - with Northland one of the worst affected regions. The trust has helped to significantly boost tree numbers in depleted areas.
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Ironically - despite all the efforts to replant pohutukawa on Northland's coast - there is no protection for the trees on private land, which can be cut down at will. The Whangarei District Council has proposed changing its District Plan to protect coastal pohutukawa taller than 6m or with a girth of more than 1.5m. The proposal will go out for public submission in the next few months. In April an Urquhart's Bay landowner felled a pair of pohutukawa, one of which was thought to to be more than 200 years old.

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