Long-dubbed None Tree Hill, Auckland's iconic One Tree Hill could soon boast nine as a final Treaty of Waitangi settlement grows closer.Auckland - 12yrs later, and still we can't plant a tree on an iconic hill.
Auckland iwi and the government hope six pohutukawa and three totara will soon grace the peak that has been treeless since the badly-damaged 125-year-old Monterey pine was removed in 2000 after a chainsaw attack a few years earlier by Maori activist Mike Smith.
Ngati Whatua have not wanted the trees planted until a Treaty settlement was signed. A preliminary settlement between iwi and the government over Auckland's historic volcanoes was signed in November – drawing a final settlement closer.
Auckland is a city of can'ts.