Opposing sides of the Owairaka debate clash over tree felling

Protesters are blockading Mt Albert to stop 345 exotic trees being felled.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority (TMA), a co-governance body comprised of iwi, Auckland Council and the Crown plans to restore 13,000 native trees on Owairaka/Mt Albert by felling the exotics. 

But a group of locals say felling all those trees at once will destroy the habitat of birds and wildlife. 

On Friday Anna Radford from protest group Honour the Maunga and Tau Henare from the Maori Statutory Board went head to head on The Project to discuss what they believe should be done.

Watch their confrontation above. 

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