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  • Neighbour Wants to Cut Down Native Nikau Palms

    Hi guys, this is in West Auckland in a significant ecological area (SEA) as per the unitary plan maps.

    We have a landscaper guy here on our property fixing up a path. The neighbour grabbed him and said he wants to put a path in, and bulldoze a bunch of palms in the process. The landscaper just happened to mention it to us.

    So he wants to cut down around 6 nikau palms ranging in height from 3m to 8m.

    This is right by our boundary, they provide screening.

    The trees are just outside the SEA, about 5 to 10m away.

    Are there rules about trees over a certain height these days?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by Davo36; 01-05-2014, 04:10 PM.
    Squadly dinky do!

  • #2
    Addendum: Spoke to the council but without giving them an address they can't really say for sure, but basically unless they are listed as protected, then they can take them down.

    Which seems strange, you can just cut down any native tree, of any age, as long as it's not specifically listed???
    Squadly dinky do!

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    • #3
      If they're not in the way of the path, why cut them down - they're no good for burning.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Davo36 View Post
        Which seems strange, you can just cut down any native tree, of any age, as long as it's not specifically listed???
        Just ring the council, i believe anyone can lodge a claim for a tree to be protected.

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        • #5
          Well they are in the way of the path he wants to build. He wants to cut them down so he can build a path right through that area.
          Squadly dinky do!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Glizzle View Post
            Just ring the council, i believe anyone can lodge a claim for a tree to be protected.
            Hmmm, yeah ok, thanks, I'll give that some thought. If I do it, I'll be living next to a neighbour with a grudge. Our 7 year old kids are in the same class, play together etc.
            Squadly dinky do!

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            • #7
              Could you grow replacements on your side of the fence? They're pretty fast growing.

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              • #8
                Get a tree spade in and transplant on your side?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maccachic View Post
                  Get a tree spade in and transplant on your side?
                  That's a good idea actually! Hadn't thought of that.

                  Although, it's steep land, hard to get to, probably not feasible.

                  Could you grow replacements on your side of the fence? They're pretty fast growing.
                  No, they're very slow growing actually.
                  Squadly dinky do!

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                  • #10
                    what about putting in cabbage trees

                    may offer better screening and faster growing
                    have you defeated them?
                    your demons

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by eri View Post
                      what about putting in cabbage trees

                      may offer better screening and faster growing
                      Hate those damn things. We already have like 5 or so on our place and are constantly picking up the leaves they drop.
                      Squadly dinky do!

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                      • #12
                        I was thinking of Washingtonia's (sp?). THEY are fast growing. Cabbage trees are a bastard for mowing - dropping those wirey leaves.

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                        • #13
                          so the 2 -3 meter fronds?

                          nikaus drop are better?

                          have you defeated them?
                          your demons

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                          • #14
                            YEAH! They're great for grass-surfing.

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                            • #15
                              Actually much quicker and easier to remove eri. We just throw them back into the bush.

                              But the cabbage leaves blow all over the place, the drive etc. and just kinda look real messy. You have to pick them up before the lawn can be done too.
                              Squadly dinky do!

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