UR­BAN JUN­GLE

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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.

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