The Kaipara District Council removed four aged poplar trees in the Paparoa Village following safety concerns it received from members of the local community.
In high winds, local businesses said they watched with fingers crossed as the trees swayed backwards and forwards.
Many noted that if any of the trees had come down there would have been considerable damage to surrounding properties.
Some of the trees were on a natural lean and much of the bank they were growing on had been washed away over the years.
An arborist’s report recommended that the trees be removed due to structural defects at the base of the trunks making them unsafe.
The main highway through Paparoa was partially closed to allow safe removal of the trees using large machinery.
The trees were removed in small sections and then fed into a tree-chipping machine.
Children from Paparoa Primary School watched as the trees were cut down.
Head Teacher, Kim Tavinor, said the children were studying “inventions of our time” and it had been an opportunity too good to miss.
“The children found the whole process fascinating. There was so much to see and take in. A favourite was the tree-chipper that ate the tree limbs as if it was eating candy which the children thought was awesome.”
“They have been writing about and talking about little else. We have put some of the photos we took and the stories that the children have written on our website. paparoa.school.nz.”
The chip from the trees is to remain on-site at two designated areas for community groups to use in the re-vegetation of reserve areas.