Pohutakawa poisoned on The Strand

Salt poured around the base of the tree on The Strand. Photos: Supplied.

Disappointment is the word being used to describe the actions of someone who poisoned a tree on The Strand.

A SunLive reader emailed this morning to say she noticed a large amount of salt had been poured over the roots of a Pohutakawa tree by the railway bridge.

“I rang the council yesterday. It was wilting badly. Hope it survives.”

Tauranga City Council parks and recreation manager Mark Smith says unfortunately the caller was right and this tree has been poisoned by a particularly determined person.

“Salt has been poured around its base, and there are drill holes in the tree which suggests other poisons have been used also.

“We’re unsure whether we’ll be able to save the tree at this stage,” says Mark.

“It’s hugely disappointing, particularly as this tree doesn’t have any neighbours who would be negatively impacted by it.”

If anyone knows anything about the tree being poisoned, they are asked to contact Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000.

If anyone see another person committing such an act, they are asked to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.



Posted on 25-01-2018 16:59 | By old trucker

its a shame we could not put some SALT ,on some of these TCC councillors who go against OUR WISHES , they know who they are, and do it with their long suit pants down, and put it on you know what, this would bring them down too earth. what about TCCworkers removing that special seat along the beach, (maybe just maybe) this is payback, and TCC want you to contact them, what a cheek, they should do their on work, but HANGON, cannot leave our Air conditioned office as its too hot, and will have to save petrol in the NEW Mitsi.anyway i still AGREE with MISS ADVENTURE, good on you for having a say, anyway apart from all this nonscense, Sunlive WON BEST NEWS AWESOME. Thankyou. 10-4 out. phew.

@ Abobsworth

Posted on 23-01-2018 16:13 | By MISS ADVENTURE

The chain has nothing to do with the salt, except perhaps being in the way of a better and quicker result. Perhaps the reason is that the tree is used to secure the dingy’s, that making the dingy owners remove them is the aim or purpose of the efforts made here.

@ Paul

Posted on 23-01-2018 16:05 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Then it is not hard to figure the "possible" source of the salt.


Posted on 23-01-2018 10:57 | By paul

Whats the chain for ? So my dinghys not stolenIf it wasnt there no one would kno whats been done to this treeIt doesnt damage the tree idiots do.The salt was poured within the last week and the guy who was watching when i took the pic i suspect is also the one who tryed to hide it under some seagrass so he wasnt busted....didnt think id be back in an hr did ya mate


Posted on 23-01-2018 07:58 | By whatsinaname

What’s the chain for


Posted on 23-01-2018 07:57 | By Effie

I’ve heard of an Australian council put billboards or shipping containers in place of trees being illegally destroyed until a replacement tree has grown.


Posted on 22-01-2018 19:56 | By Told you

I think you are on the right track good detective work, unfortunately these type of people only look after number one and blow anyone else.

Are you

Posted on 22-01-2018 19:56 | By Merlin

Are you allowed to put a chain and padlock around a public tree like that to secure your dingy from theft? If that is the case?


Posted on 22-01-2018 19:33 | By Sg1nz

Hope the CCTV cameras pick this scum up.

Wow, how damned sad :(

Posted on 22-01-2018 16:19 | By Bruja

I hope they can save the tree and work out who the culprit was. :(

Poor tree

Posted on 22-01-2018 15:51 | By paul

Hard to prove but considering its postition it affects the veiw of the harbour from two houses .Go figure

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