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Protected Trees in Auckland and What This Means for You


Before you remove a tree on your property in Auckland, it’s important to know that some trees are protected and removing them may have implications including a fine under the Resource Management Act. Here’s what you need to know about protected trees in Auckland.

Why Are Some Trees in Auckland Protected?

The trees on your property may be protected for various reasons, including:

  • Age
  • Cultural value
  • Historical Significance
  • Environmental significance such as preventing erosion

What Do You Need to Do Before Removing a Tree in Auckland?

If you want to remove a tree, or even just prune or work near a tree, it’s best to inform a qualified and recognised arborist. They will help you not only determine if the tree is protected but also what the rules are regarding your tree.

Why Can’t You Work Near a Protected Tree?

Working near a protected tree may damage its root system. Because of this, you must notify the Council before working near a protected tree. This includes any excavating, construction, storing or depositing of materials.

How Do You Apply for Consent to Work on a Tree?

The council may ask you to apply for resource consent. Heaven Contracting will be able to help you with your application if you need to prune or remove a protected tree under certain circumstances.

Which Common Trees Are on the Protected Trees List?

The following trees are protected in New Zealand. There are other trees that are protected in certain circumstances, so please be sure to check with your local council.

  • The Kauri Tree
  • The Pohutukawa Tree
  • The Totara Tree
  • The Puriri Tree
  • The Norfolk Pine Tree

What Should You Do if You Think a Protected Tree Needs Removal?

If you are given consent to remove a protected tree, it’s important to contact an arborist to ensure it is removed as safely as possible. An arborist will also be able to advise you on if the tree can be saved by determining the health of the tree and observing the area where the tree is living.

Find the Best Professional Arborist in West Auckland

If you’re looking for a professional arborist in Auckland, get in touch with Heaven Contracting. We have the latest tools and we offer a premium range of services. We have been working as arboricultural specialists for the past 25 years, and we know how to manage even the toughest jobs.

Whether you need hedge trimming in West Auckland or tree pruning in the North Shore, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We take many precautions to ensure the job goes well. If you have any queries about tree removal in Auckland, call us on 027 475 2445. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. You could also request a quote online or call the regional branch closest to you.
Tree Removal North Shore:              09 442 5350

Tree Removal Central Auckland:   09 629 2640 

Tree Removal West Auckland:        09 833 7187

Tree Removal East Auckland:          09 577 4260

Tree Removal South Auckland:       09 268 7910

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