Standardised berm mowing was introduced throughout the region by the Auckland Council in 2013. This means residences within the former Auckland City Council area no longer have their berms mown by council contractors.
No other city council in the Auckland region provided berm mowing services to residents before the new super-city was formed in 2010.
The move is designed to save $3 million a year and keep rates down.
To provide berm mowing services for the entire region would cost an estimated $12 to $15 million a year.
The responsibility of mowing grass berms now lies with the owners or occupiers of adjacent properties.
The council now only mows berms adjacent to its own land.
Pure frustration: A particularly hairy berm in Orakei irks neighbour Allan Spence.
Quick trim: A berm in Glendowie gets a tidy up from resident Keith Savoury.