Failing Tree to be Removed from Pukekura Park

12 December 2016

Work will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) to remove a large pine tree in Pukekura Park that is a danger to the public.

The tree, on the side of Cannon Hill, has an 11m spiralling crack that goes 30cm into the tree’s trunk.

“We’ve had three arborists inspect it and they all have significant concerns about the condition of the tree and say it should be removed as soon as possible because it could fail,” says Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson.

“At a bit more than 47m tall, that’s a lot of unstable tree to have alongside public walking tracks. We can’t afford to take risks.”

The removal, which is weather-dependent, will take three days to complete. During this time the public will be directed to alternative walking routes outside the work area.