Privet pest

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

About this crit­i­cal time of Christ­mas good cheer, fam­ily out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, and sum­mer­time comes a rather vis­i­ble, flow­er­ing en­emy in the shape of the many white­flow­er­ing nui­sance of privet.

De­spite be­ing recog­nised by the late, lamented Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil as a des­ig­nated pest, the new Auck­land Coun­cil has com­pletely ig­nored this sea­sonal pest and nui­sance by not pass­ing a by­law ban­ning it as a plant, tree or hedge.

The coun­cil could eas­ily do so.

Asth­mat­ics and pollen suf­fer­ers alike get panic breath­ing at­tacks with this plant, now fully in flower.

It is one is­sue all the Auck­land Coun­cil’s lo­cal boards should follow up with the cen­tral body as part of its com­bined com­mu­nity health is­sues, along with traf­fic ex­haust emis­sions and over­stretched pol­lu­tion mak­ers in our com­mu­ni­ties – per­haps th­ese ef­forts es­cape our lo­cally elected mem­bers?

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