Protesters turn out before dawn to save 100-year-old native trees

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The fate of 100-year-old native trees in the Auckland suburb of Avondale has prompted an early morning protest.

Protesters have been on site since dawn.

Photo: Supplied to RNZ / Cathy Carter

Forty-six mature native trees on the corner of Canal Road and Wairau Avenue in Avondale are due to be chopped down, after the section was sold to developers to build houses.

The protesters, organised by Save Canal Road Native Trees, are calling on Auckland Council to buy the property at Canal Road and save the trees from being cut down.

Today is the 71st day protesters have gathered at the property.

A number of protesters blocked a digger from entering the site, as waiata were sung.

Protesters are calling on the Auckland Council to buy the land.

Protesters are calling on the Auckland Council to buy the land. Photo: Supplied to RNZ / Cathy Carter

A police spokesperson says officers were at the address and monitoring the situation.

Police at the Canal Road protest.

Police at the Canal Road protest. Photo: Supplied to RNZ / Cathy Carter

They say they recognise the lawful right to protest, and are working to ensure everyone’s safety.

Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Culture and Events Committee chairperson, councillor Alf Filipaina, has previously said the council cannot force a private landowner to contemplate a land exchange or direct them to consider other options.

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