Media Advisory – Titirangi Kauri Tree Sitter to be sentenced by Waitakere District court this Friday

Date: Friday 12th June
Time: 11am
Location: Waitakere District Court

Kauri tree occupier Michael Tavares will be sentenced this Friday having pleaded guilty to the charge of trespass for the 81 hour protest in March. The maximum possible penalty for this charge is 3 months imprisonment, or a fine.

The tree sit protest came after two years of failed attempts by local residents to engage with the landowners about their plans for the site, and consent for felling of the tree was granted non notified.

Mr Tavares came down from the tree voluntarily 81 hours later after the owners of the land released an open letter giving their word that they would not remove either the the Kauri or the Rimu.

Michael handed himself in to New Lynn police station on Thursday the 12th March, and pleaded guilty to the charge of trespass on the 1st of May.

This Friday is Michaels final appearance in court.

Michael says “Whatever the outcome of the sentencing, I will be happy to be finished with the court process and hopefully this now means that the landowners and community can meet, talk, and work out a solution that suits everyone whilst respecting the right of those trees to remain standing for centuries to come”.

Michael will make a statement after the sentencing.

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