Just a reminder if you weren't already sure: here in the People's Republic of Aotearoa, your property is not your own. Just as Theresa Gattung can be now be sure who owns Telecom's lines, ie., not her, I'm sure Alice Presley is nowfully aware who owns her trees: the planner's. Not her.
Auckland City’s services requests commissar, Jackie Wilkinson, says the sentence serves as a timely warning that the courts take the unauthorised felling of the Council's trees very seriously.
“It’s really important that people understand that trees over a certain height no longer belong to the people on whose land they reside. These trees are protected, which means they are ours, and the courts will hand down stiff penalties to those who do not abide by our rules for our trees.
The rest of you who still haven't got it can perhaps expect a cast of Shortland St stars to begin making the same point for you in an award-winning series of TV ads. And those of you who have already got it will no doubt continue to cut down existing trees as they get to six metres tall, and refrain from planting anything that is likely to ever reach over six metres tall.
[Caution: some trees may be harmed in the printing out and distributing of this post.]
UPDATE 1: In an interview on Newstalk ZB, Commissar Wilkinson demonstrated that words like "medding arsehole" and "bitch" might perhaps be too mild to describe those of her ilk. Interview starts twelve minutes into the linked radio show segment, and -- frustratingly -- continues at the beginning of the 5:30 segment. If anyone would like to combine both sections of the interview as one MP3 and send me a link I'd be very grateful.)
UPDATE 2: Lindsay Mitchell and Elliot have a well-deserved crack at both the decision and the Commissar.
UPDATE 3: Jackie Wilkinson clearly enjoys her job. She gets to tell people what they can and can't do. She gets to threaten. Just in the last few months she's been responsible for threatening and then involved in tearing down signs in Dominion Rd (remember Sound City (right), whose signs were removed in what the Herald called "a pre-dawn raid"?), threatening to put an end to summer dining in Ponsonby cafes, and warning Aucklanders zat zey need to follow the rules "voluntarily," or else Jackie and her commissars will "work with them." How do you spell 'busybody'? Or 'petty fascist'? Funny, isn't it, how such jobs provide a comfortable berth for such aggressive busybodies. Feel free to contact the council and remind them who their employers are.
UPDATE 4: If you're not sure what a Liquid Amber looks like, that's one there on the left. If you're particularly keen, you can click on it and watch the clouds move.
UPDATE 5: Listen to Alice Presley's twelve-minute interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ's Nine-to-Noon. Link here.
UPDATE 6: Some of you who sent money to me to help out if Annette Presley continues with her legal threats (mostly sent through the PayPal link at the top of the page) suggested that if it were found not to be necessary I should pass it on to someone else, perhaps someone who's in the midst of a property rights battle. Someone just like Alice Presley. Who is Annette Presley's mum. Who Annette hasn't apparently spoken to since 1987. You can hear the irony from Papatoetoe to Avondale, and all the way over to Takapuna.
LINKS: Community service for illegal tree felling - Scoop
Interview with Commissar Jackie Wilkinson from Auckland City Council - Newstalk ZB (interview starts 12 minutes into linked segment, and continues in the next segment at 5:30pm)
TAGS: Property_Rights, Common_Law, Conservation, RMA, Auckland