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Mayoral hopeful wants a million more trees

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/08/2016

A million trees and shrubs will be planted in and around Auckland if mayoral hopeful Phil Goff is elected.

The Million Trees Programme, budgeted at $1 million a year over three years, is one of Mr Goff's environmental policies.

"Council will work with local boards and encourage them to lead tree planting projects in their communities," he said.

"I want this to be a community-led programme because our local communities know best what the needs are in their areas."

Trees and shrubs planted under the scheme will be predominantly native with the intention of beautifying and purifying the city.

It will also improve the health of the city's harbours and rivers by preventing erosion and reducing siltation, according to Mr Goff.

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