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‘Save Our Kauri’ arrest “Not exceptional” – Citizenship Denied

Michael Tavares, who occupied a significant kauri tree on private land in Titirangi two years ago has had his New Zealand citizenship denied because of his resulting Trespass conviction. After gaining local and national support while protecting the kauri tree, which, still stands today, Mr Tavares says it’s gutting to have his application denied. “It was great to see New

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Kauri Tree Sitter to Stand for The Greens

Media Release: 23rd february Michael Tavares, the 34 year old who occupied a threatened West Auckland kauri tree in March 2015 has put his name forward to be a candidate for the Green Party in this year’s election in the Auckland electorate of Northcote. A long term campaigner on environmental and social issues, and a party member of over 5

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Forest and Bird to explore ‘Rights of Nature’

This weekend I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Royal New Zealand Forest and Bird Society‘s Annual General Meeting and Conference. The transcript can be downloaded from here. (Michael Tavares 2015 forestandbird rightsofnature address) I have been a member of the society for a few years now, and have previously served on the committee of the Waiheke

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Titirangi Kauri Protestor Convicted of Trespass

Media release June 12, 2015 Titirangi Kauri Protester Sentenced Kauri tree occupier Michael Tavares was today convicted of trespass, having pleaded guilty to the charge for the 81 hour protest in March this year. No sentence will be imposed upon Mr Tavares unless he appears before the courts in the next 12 months. The situation that led to Mr Tavares’

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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

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