Many trees bordering Cardrona Valley Rd near the entrance
to Wanaka have been felled recently. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson
Wanaka developer Allan Dippie has been told to stop
cutting down trees at the entrance to the town.
However, Mr Dippie says all the trees felled on his property
were a potential hazard.
His company Orchard Road Holdings Ltd owns the 84.6ha rural
general site known as the ''triangle'', bound by Orchard,
Cardrona Valley and Riverbank Rds, south of Wanaka.
In November last year, resource consent was granted to
develop 18 lifestyle blocks on the land following a public
hearing, at which Mr Dippie volunteered a ''tree protection
corridor'' along Cardrona Valley Rd.
A consent condition was that no trees within the fenced
corridor containing the conifer shelterbelt next to Cardrona
Valley Rd should be removed, unless dead or dangerous, for at
least 10 years after the development's structural planting
However, the council received a complaint from a member of
the public last week that a large number of trees next to the
road had been felled, QLDC regulatory manager Lee Webster
A council enforcement officer visited the site and issued Mr
Dippie with a verbal order to cease work while the council
investigated whether the tree felling complied with the
conditions of his consent.
If not, the council could take action ranging from requiring
the trees to be replanted to prosecution.
Mr Dippie told the Otago Daily Times no non-compliance had
Only about 10% of the trees in the shelter belt were being
removed and only those that were dead or dangerous.
''We want to keep as many trees as we can because it's a very
important entrance to Wanaka.''
Some of the trees were up to 80 years old and leaning out
over the road.
''Our tree people are telling us in a good wind event or snow
event we could potentially face some issues there. It could
be a bit of an accident waiting to happen.
''I think when we get our tree report, the [stop works order]
will be lifted pretty quickly because council won't want the
liability of us not removing dangerous trees. In fact, they'd
try and encourage it.''
At least 300 trees were being planted to replace the ones
which were removed, Mr Dippie said.