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?