Aucklanders say no to spray
Some Auckland residents have been unaware they can opt out of having Auckland Transport spray their berms with weed killer.
Auckland Transport (AT) spokesman Mark Hannan said the service was not new but a carryover from council’s before the super city was formed in 2010.
As of March 3, 2017 1999 households had opted out of having their berm sprayed, Hannan said.
That’s only 0.13 per cent of Auckland’s population.
Keith Shackleton from Mt Eden said he was unaware of the register until recently.
‘‘I’m good with council allowing us to opt out, and do our own weeding, because I think it’ll be better for my hedge and my health,’’ Shackleton said.
‘‘It is a really acrid smell and sometimes they spray so much on it hangs around in the air for hours.
‘‘We already have to grass cut the berm, I’m sure I can pull a few weeds while I’m there.’’
AT’s website said residents were able to request to be added to the ‘‘no spray’’ list if they did not want the street frontage of their property sprayed with herbicide.
If residents chose to be added to the register, they were agreeing to take over the control of weeds in the street frontage including the berm, footpath and the kerb.
In the road corridor, including berms and footpath edging, Auckland Transport continues the same methods it used under the legacy cities.
This varies across the city, from herbicide glyphosate and chemical spraying to plant-based herbicides, hot water, highpressure steam and mechanical methods.
Auckland Council recently came under fire from anti-spray activists after its contractors sprayed glyphosate on a park at Armour Bay beach in West Auckland the day before a Music in Parks event on February 25.
Multiple petition’s around the country are been signed by people who are concerned about the use of glyphosate on streets.
Hana Blackmore is one of those campaigning for spray free streets.
She was not surprised at the small amount of people signed up to the register.
‘‘It’s left over from the legacy council 20 years ago when they used non-chemical sprays.’’
Blackmore said residents were unaware glyphosate was being used on their berms.
Auckland Transport has a register for residents to opt out of having their berms sprayed.