A prominent Queenstown businessman will defend charges related to felling trees on council-managed reserve by his Nelson Bays holiday home.
Nelson Mail this week reported that Tasman District Council has laid charges against Queenstown’s Mike Davies and arborist Simon Carney.
Davies tells Mountain Scene he can’t comment as it’s before the court, but says: “We’re defending the charges, wait and see.”
Davies referred Mountain Scene to his Nelson lawyer Nigel McFadden for any further comment – but McFadden couldn’t be reached yesterday.
Davies is a director of Queenstown family firm Trojan Holdings – headed by his father former mayor John Davies – which has substantial tourism and property interests.
Nelson Mail claims 110 trees, including natives, were felled on headland reserve and Queen’s Chain land around Davies’ new Kaiteriteri bach.
“Trees to the north and south of Mr Davies’ property have been felled, leaving clear views out to the sea,” the paper says.
A bach-owning neighbour, Sandy Stephens, is quoted saying she’s concerned the trees’ removal leaves the headland vulnerable to erosion.
The property was formerly owned by Kiwi equestrian legend Mark Todd.
The case is next scheduled to be called in the Nelson District Court in February.