Every time the wind blows Craig Newth and his family worry what will happen to a 25 metre gum tree that towers over their house.
The Beach Haven, Auckland, resident says he doesn’t understand why the council won’t allow it to be removed.
Because they’re the Tree Police. Despite Parliament passing several laws, they regard all trees as belonging to them!
Newth says gum trees, also known as widow makers, are notorious for dropping limbs.
A council arborist, Vector worker and private arborist have all on separate occasions said the branches from the tree could injure someone and it should be removed, he says.
But when Newth approached the council they told him resource consent was needed and then declined it on more than one occasion.
You should not need resource consent to chop down your own tree, especially when it is a danger.