Henderson-Massey is halfway toward achieving its tree canopy cover target, having increased by two per cent in the past three years, but a concerted effort is required to continue the upward momentum, Auckland Council says. Canopy cover in the area sits at 15%, half the 30% target, and an action plan is being developed to direct tree planting and increase canopy cover which will be finalised in 2022. “There are so many benefits to having higher levels of canopy cover,” says Henderson-Massey Local Board chair, Vanessa Neeson. “From benefits to the climate, such as helping to reduce greenhouse gases, through to helping counter increased temperatures, reducing stormwater runoff and creating more habitat for native species.”