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A section of the road, a section of State Highway 1, was closed to traffic in both directions for about 10 minutes as a safety precaution while the tree was cut down by a crew from Downer.
A Downer contractor said branches from the tree would be turned into mulch. The trunk was removed by truck late in the afternoon.
The Memorial Oaks project is the only example of its kind in New Zealand.
The tree that was felled was planted in memory of Trooper A.C. Burt, who died at Gallipoli in 1915.