The man who chopped down eight pōhutukawa trees with a chainsaw in an Auckland suburb on October 2020, has been remanded on bail while a home detention sentence is considered, reports the Herald. The trees were Auckland City Council’s property and were worth $40,704. The defence lawyer said Alexei Leandios Hodder was highly intoxicated at the time of the incident and was challenged to cut down the trees by an associate.