Central Leader : January 20th 2012
www.centralleader.co.nz 3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 20, 2012 NEWS 249592AQ Study Early Childhood Education With Us Auckland City Campus Level 3, 75 Karangahape Road Auckland firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 88 NZCC (6922) www.nzcc.ac.nz ENROL NOW FOR 2012 NZQA REGISTERED & ACCREDITED TRAVEL ALLOWANCE AVAILABLE* Our diplomas and national certificates give you the knowledge and professional skills to start a rewarding career in Early Childhood Education. Visit www.nzcc.ac.nz to learn how to apply or call us on (09) 336 0040 *Conditions apply Big Onehunga fire an accident Seen around Auckland: The scene of the large factory fire on Miami Pde in Onehunga from Goodall St, Hillsborough. Photo: CUNI DE GRAAF Fire investigators say the large fire in Onehunga earlier this week which destroyed part of a textiles factory was ruled an accident. Dark clouds of smoke could be seen across Auckland as the fire took hold at Textile Products around 11am on Monday. Around 50 firefighters battled the flames into the afternoon and one truck remained at the site until 10pm to ensure the fire was out. Five people were treated for smoke inhalation. Fire safety officer Ray Coleman says a rogue piece of metal got caught in machinery causing sparks which triggered the fire. The factory produces home insulation materials. He says workers discovered the fire in a storage bin which catches the fibre from a shredder. They got a hose and tried to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately the fire was well established and spread to other material nearby and ultimately they just had to abandon what they were trying to do and get out of there.'' IN BRIEF Name released Police have released the name of a man killed on Mt Eden Rd this month while allegedly lying on a pedestrian crossing -- he was William Wiremu Pete Warehu. The 34-year-old lived on Balmoral Rd and was killed in the early hours of January 12 near Watling St. An investigation into Mr Warehu's death is continuing and it is unclear if he was hit by one or two cars. Police have spoken to two drivers who were in the area at the time. Alcohol may have been a factor in the incident. An autopsy has revealed Mr Warehu died from head injuries. Mt Roskill attack Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed an attack on a 27-year- old woman in the grounds of Mt Roskill Intermediate on Tuesday afternoon. The woman was on her normal route home from work through the school grounds when the attack took place between 5pm and 5.30pm. She was found by members of the public in a distressed state. If you have any information that could assist police phone Avondale CIB on 820-5700. Tourist spots A list of popular New Zealand destinations has been released by accom- modation website Wotif. co.nz with Auckland lead- ing the charge. Auckland and Wellington maintain- ed the top two spots respectively in 2011, with Queenstown and Christchurch swapping places for third and fourth. The list was compiled from more than 250,000 bookings per month made on Wotif. co.nz last year. Wotif brands general manager Megan Magill says the Rugby World Cup had a big impact with an influx of international and domestic travellers to game destinations. Anger at tree felling By KELSEY FLETCHER Gentle giant: Epsom resident Jane Carden is angry this 100-year-old pohutukawa tree was felled and wants to see blanket protection in place for native trees. Photo: KELSEY FLETCHER THE felling of a majestic pohutukawa tree thought to be around 100 years old has led to frustration surrounding Auckland Council's tree pro- tection methods. In 2009 Parliament amended the Resource Man- agement Act 1991 (RMA) to remove general tree rules in urban areas from January 1, this year. As a result of the RMA changes Auckland Council updated its Schedules of Notable Trees in district plans to ensure that trees of signifi- cance are still protected. The pohutukawa, which had been growing on a private property in Kipling Ave, Epsom, had not been nomi- nated for scheduling under the district plan changes and was growing in an area not zoned to include a general tree pro- tection after January 1. Neighbour Jane Carden has lived in the Epsom area for more than 40 years and was angry to hear the roar of chainsaws on one of the natives last week. I was told [it was being cut down] by a neighbour who knows of my love of trees and I called the council,'' she says. They said they couldn't do anything because it was on private property.'' Mrs Carden says giving people the ability to cut down trees more easily will be detri- mental for non-notable natives. It makes me angry to think people can now just cut down their trees, especially a native which has obviously been there 100 years.'' Mrs Carden says there needs to be a different sort of plan in place for protecting indigenous trees. I can understand the coun- cil wanted to make changes since it was costly but I think with natives there should be something else in place.'' Mrs Carden says she nomi- nated two 42-year-old trees on her property for protection last year and is disappointed they weren't included. I planted a beech and pohutukawa when my two children were born and it's sad they didn't get scheduled.'' Mrs Carden says the pohutukawa should have just had its branches trimmed. People have this thing that you should be able to cut down anything on your property but I don't agree with that,'' she says. Tree Council field officer Hueline Massey says a gen- eral tree protection is still in place but because of the zoning changes people need to call the council to check before they chop. Ms Massey says the pohutukawa may not have been in a protected area or it may have been nominated but wasn't found worthy to be scheduled for protection. It might mean that a neigh- bour or owner didn't want to see it protected or it was put forward by somebody but didn't meet the criteria,'' she says. If it wasn't in good health then that may be a reason it wasn't considered.'' Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says the board is dismayed to see this beautiful tree cut down. We understand that the old rules were too costly and oner- ous, but the government's sol- ution went too far,'' he says Now it's resulting in the loss of trees like this one -- it's tragic.'' Dr Haynes says the board did its best to nominate as many trees as it could for pro- tection in the district plan last year. The occupants of the Kipling Ave property refused to com- ment. Phone the Auckland Council on 301-0101 if you are planning on felling a tree to makesureitisnotina protected zone. GENERAL TREE PROTECTION REVOKED The move by Auckland Council to protect significant trees came after Parliament passed the Resource Management (Simplifying and Streamlining) Act 2009, revoking general tree protection under district plans. In 2011 more than 5400 trees were nominated by members of the public, local boards and the Auckland Council to be added to the Schedules of Notable Trees in the seven former district council plans. As of January 1, 1800 of those have been temporarily protected until the district plan changes are approved. However, tree protection still applies in specific zones of Auckland dependant on factors including trees on sites larger than 4000sqm and those in significant ecological zones. Individual trees were assessed for protection based on historic and cultural value, botanic value and visual amenity. Submissions on the proposed changes to the district plans close on February 17.
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