An Auckland homeowner who deliberately lopped at a protected pōhutukawa tree has been prosecuted.

Dong Jin Choi was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and fined $3500 at the Auckland District Court on 14 November.

He previously pleaded guilty to one charge of altering a pōhutukawa tree by removing about 50 per cent of the live growth.

As part of the sentencing, Choi must provide for the ongoing rehabilitation of the tree.

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