'The country has spoken very clearly .. We need to reflect on that.'
'When you are so publicly exposed you become very, very vulnerable.'
A challenge to the decision, however, is likely.
The council has voted for the mature tree's destruction despite opposition.
Neighbours say the tree has supplied them with avocados for years.
Tauranga councillors claim it is a toxic environment and they are 'walking on eggshells'.
"There's something that has changed for the better."
"Once you commit to run that crossing, you are playing roulette and we can't stop."
"The anxiety arrived very early on," the former National Party leader has acknowledged.
'Honestly, we have a major problem in Tauranga'.
Damage included blacking out her eyes and drawing Nazi symbols.
Bella Vista boss says others are to blame as trial continues.
Bella Vista Homes director faces judge in Tauranga District Court.
This week marks the third week of the judge-alone trial.
The trial continues.