Developers 3 : Tree Protesters 0
Although veteran protester Steve Abel occupied a truck-mounted crane to prevent it from being used in the cutting, the operation went ahead regardless in a rapid clear-fell operation.
After protesters tried to storm the fence, it looked like every available police officer in Auckland was called in. Beacon counted 70 police on site. Eight arrests were made.
It was a sobering end to a long occupation that at times had held out hopes of a positive outcome.
The issue has become a polarising one in Avondale, and the longer it went on, the more entrenched attitudes became. There is a significant amount of callousness to trees and the environment shown on social media.
The land vendor and the purchaser will be celebrating. Late last year consent was sought for 34 terrace houses on the site, but this was withdrawn.
Across town, Mayor Phil Goff must be relieved that this headache for the Council has at long last ended.