As mentioned in a earlier post, native trees are important to NZ’s heritage and environment, and all local councils have protection rules for them as bylaws.
We have had issues with a certain property developer disregarding the rules, not to mention his lack of concern for the environment, and we know others have got themselves in trouble over it, too.
The KCDC District Plan recently changed to less blanket coverage of all natives and more selected protection for specific trees in specific areas. When it became necessary to modify native trees on our property a couple of years ago, we got the council’s Biodiversity officer around to tell us what could be removed/trimmed and what had to stay. This is what you should do, too.