Vandals are believed to have poisoned and cut down dozens of native trees and shrubs of huge significance, Stuff reports. Around 23 trees and shrubs at Te Uru Tapu (The Sacred Grove) at the northern end of Takapuna Beach were discovered to have been vandalised during a regular inspection. The grove of ancient pōhutukawa trees was believed to have predated European settlement and was of high cultural significance to mana whenua. “None of the trees are expected to survive as most have been cut to ground level and the three karo have declined suddenly and will not recover,” the council’s regional aborists and ecological manager David Stejskal​ said.

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