Donations pour in after Fair Go airs story of Auckland couple taken to court over tree

Hundreds of dollars has been donated to help an Auckland couple involved in a legal battle with neighbours over a tree on their property.

The neighbours, who live two houses away in Kohimarama, claim the tree is ruining their otherwise uninterrupted sea views. Source: Fair Go

Fraser and Emily Elder have been in their Kohimarama home for nine years, but now they're being taken to the Auckland District Court in a fight over a tree their neighbours say is ruining their otherwise uninterrupted sea views and potentially wiping hundreds of thousands of dollars off the value of their property.

A Givealittle page was created by the couple's son Gordon and has so far generated $566 of donations since it was created yesterday, the day that Fair Go aired a story on the case.

"We have fought a 5-year battle against our neighbours two houses over regarding a much-beloved cedar tree, and after the response from the wider NZ public in support of our cause, and since the TVNZ program came out, we have now decided to fight the legal battle in order to try and keep our tree," he wrote. 

Another Givealittle page was started today by Simon Sheterline with a goal of $15,000. So far, $160 has been donated on this page.

People also took to the 1 NEWS Facebook page to give their opinions on the tree battle. 

The Elders have been told that even though they have a good case, fighting to save their tree in court could cost them $10,000-15,000, and there's still a chance they could lose.

Their neighbours, Jill and Robert Benton, believe that a cedar tree, which can grow in excess of 40 metres, is not appropriate for a domestic garden and say the tree is a nuisance which undermines their sea view.

They are demanding that the Elders either trim their cedar tree to below the roofline of another neighbour's house, or have the tree felled.


Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

Source: 1 NEWS


Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

Police emergency scene
Police emergency scene Source: 1 NEWS


Truck rolls causes road closure in Tararua

A truck has rolled in Tararua and is blocking lanes in both directions.

The truck rolled on Pahiatua Aokautere Road, also known as the Pahiatua Track, about 7.40am this morning.

The driver sustained moderate injuries. 

No other vehicles were involved.

Police are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

Man dies in overnight crash near Gisborne

A man has died following a crash involving a car and truck on State Highway 35 near Gisborne last night.

The driver of the car died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Makarori Beach Road at around 9pm.

The road was closed overnight, for the Serious Crash Unit to investigate, but has since been reopened.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS