Plea expected from kauri protester

  • 20/01/2016
Johno Smith (Facebook)
Johno Smith (Facebook)

A protester who spent nearly two weeks camped atop an Auckland kauri tree to prevent it from being cut down is back in court today.

Johno Smith's stint up the Titirangi tree only ended when it was attacked by men dressed in black.

The tree had been the centre of debate after the property owners' were given resource consent to remove it and a neighbouring rimu to make way for two homes.

Smith says he plans to plead guilty to the charge of wilful trespass, which carries a fine or maximum jail term of three months.

"I’ll plead guilty to wilful trespass this morning and take full accountability for my actions. I shouldn't have to break the law to protect our environment for future generations. Legislation should be in place to ensure our planet remains habitable," says Smith.

RadioLIVE / 3 News