Minister Ignores Advice to Protect Kauri

Minister Ignores Advice to Protect Kauri

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Documents released today to Radio New Zealand show that Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges ignored advice from the Transport Agency that the Waipoua Forest bridge between the Darby and Joan kauri could not and “should not” be widened because of threats to the trees’ survival inherent in road works.

Tangata Whenua, te Roroa agree that the bridge should not be touched because of the trees, and Northland MP, Winston Peter has accused Bridges of incompetence.

The plan to widen the bridge was announced by Simon Bridges as part of the National Party’s by-election campaign in Northland.