Tamakae willow to go
 
Work has already begun on upgrading the historical wharf on Waiuku’s Tamakae Reserve.
Contractors have been preparing the site for works that include upgrading shoreline retaining walls, new piles and replacing part of the wharf with a new timber structure.
“The reserve is a real focal point for the town and a valuable historical, recreational and cultural landmark for Waiuku. The wharf has needed improvements for some time so it’s great to see it finally getting underway,” says local board member Sharlene Druyven.
“This is all part of a desire to have people reconnect with the reserve,” she said.
As the upgrade begins, Council is also seeking information on the willow tree on the wharf.
The project involves heavy machinery and digging up the area near the wharf, and Auckland Council is proposing to remove the willow, which has heritage protection status.
“Its location makes it logistically hard to work on the area and even trying to work around it would potentially cause more damage to the tree, especially with its expansive root structure. The best course of action is to remove it,” says the council’s Parks and Places Specialist, Greg Lowe.
“We’ve also had it inspected by an arborist, who found that it had a major split in one of its limbs and is infested with Black Willow aphid—which has killed a number of willows across Auckland in the past.”
Due to the protection status of the tree, council will need to apply for resource consent for its removal, but first, they are interested to find out more about the willow’s history.
“Other than its age we can find little information about it, and we would love to hear from the community if they have any history or stories about it,” says Mr Lowe.
Anyone with any information on the history of the willow tree can email greg.lowe@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz by Wednesday 31 May.
Once the renewal project is complete, it is proposed that a new tree, a pohutukawa, would be planted further away from the wharf and shore edge.
It is expected that the upgrade will be completed in late 2017. What are your thoughts on the upgrade? Should the tree be removed? Email emma@thepost.nz
CAPTION: Auckland Council is seeking information about the willow on the historical Tamakae Wharf. It has been proposed to remove it and replace it with a native tree after the upgrade.