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The tree was removed yesterday,
causing a stir on social media, as many were concerned the tree being cut down was a large decades-old redwood on the lakefront.
However, council spokesman Campbell Weal confirmed it was an oak tree, not a redwood.
He said the tree had a large crack in it and it had been assessed that if it was to fall, it would do so across both lanes of Mount Aspiring Rd and therefore, immediate removal was required.
It was unknown whether the crack was caused by last week's storm that downed several trees around the district, he said.