Despite their attempt to save 345 exotic trees from being felled on an Auckland maunga, a couple must pay more than $70,000 in court costs following their failed legal battle, Stuff reports. One of the pair, Averil Norman, said they would progress their challenge – and the requirement to pay legal costs – to the Court of Appeal, which is scheduled on July 21st. In their application, the couple argues the court decision did not comply with two sections of the Reserves Act and that the TMA failed in its obligation to consult regarding the decision to fell the trees.
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