Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Danger prompts felling & replacement of trees by power lines

Danger prompts felling and replacement of trees near power lines

Following discussions between Council, Northpower and Pehiaweri marae representatives, a row of trees at Otuihau, Whangarei Falls reserve, is to be felled this month and replaced with new trees next winter.

Council Parks and Recreation Technical Officer Stuart Jackson says 12 totara trees within the reserve beside Boundary Road have grown into the 11,000 volt power lines here and are posing a safety risk.

“The reserve is a play area so there is a real risk that children climbing the trees could be electrocuted, and that the trees could also start to interfere with the power supply before long.”

Mr Jackson said the law requires trees to be at least 2.6metres clear of power lines, and if they aren’t the property owner or Northpower can be liable for significant fines.

“We consulted with Northpower about the problem and have received Cut or Trim Notice (CTN) that requires us to make the trees safe within 40 working days.”

“Normally, we trim trees and we have done this numerous times before, but in this case the trees are of such a size that if we trim them 2.6m from the power lines, there will be very little left and they will look shocking,” he said, “so following discussions between the Pehiaweri marae representatives and Northpower, we have all agreed that felling and replacing is the better option. We will discuss the species of trees to plant with the people involved in the months to come.”

Mr Jackson said timber from the trees was offered to the marae but it was agreed to be unsuitable for wood carving. Instead, the trees will be chipped and the marae will receive a share of the resulting wood chip to be used as mulch in gardens, the same as WDC does with the remainder.

Whangarei District Council Infrastructure Services Chairman Greg Martin said most people in the Whangarei community had a strong attachment to the trees that offered so much character to the District, and felling often caused concern.

“Local people have spoken to us about this and we have listened to each other. It’s good to see a common sense solution has been found and that there will be new trees.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news