Avos pro­tected by ra­zor wire

North Shore Times - - HOME & GARDEN - JACK­SON THOMAS

An Auck­land home­owner has gone to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to pro­tect an av­o­cado tree from sticky fin­gers.

The prop­erty, on the cor­ner of Grib­ble­hirst Rd and King Ed­ward St, San­dring­ham, has an av­o­cado tree on its bound­ary which over­hangs pub­lic land.

The tree’s fruit were just an arm’s reach away for pedes­tri­ans, un­til se­cu­rity was beefed up.

About 2 me­tres of green ra­zor wire now runs along a con­crete wall at a height of about 1 me­tre.

Ear­lier this year, av­o­cado prices reached record highs - sell­ing for more than $7 each.

The in­creased se­cu­rity was first no­ticed by lo­cal res­i­dent Peter Clark, who took to Neighbourly to voice his con­cerns.

Clark said he no­ticed the ra­zor wire in late Oc­to­ber and, be­liev­ing it was a com­mu­nity safety haz­ard, posted images of it to the site to warn his neigh­bours.

‘‘Ra­zor wire in San­dring­ham doesn’t have a place as far as I am con­cerned,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s just so low to the ground it is a gen­uine safety risk and could eas­ily catch a kid’s arm or even a cat. Is a child’s health re­ally worth a few av­o­ca­dos?’’

Auck­land Coun­cil’s pub­lic safety and nui­sance by­law says a per­son must not use a pub­lic place to in­stall or main­tain a fence, in­clud­ing ra­zor wire, in a man­ner that may cause in­jury or a nui­sance.

Home own­ers can ap­ply for per­mis­sion to erect se­cu­rity fenc­ing; how­ever. any fence de­signed to in­flict in­jury must be at least 2 me­tres above ground level.

Auck­land Coun­cil team leader com­pli­ance re­sponse cen­tral man­ager Adrian Wil­son said coun­cil records showed no com­plaints in re­la­tion to this par­tic­u­lar prop­erty.

‘‘How­ever, we will now in­ves­ti­gate to de­ter­mine whether or not any ac­tion is re­quired,’’ Wil­son said.

If the fence was found to be in breach of the by­law, the in­di­vid­ual prop­erty owner could be re­quired to re­move the fence or make it safe, al­ter­na­tively the coun­cil could have the fence re­moved, he said.

‘‘Any costs could be laid against the prop­erty owner. Ul­ti­mately, they could be pros­e­cuted and face up to a $20,000 fine.’’

The coun­cil has had five com­plaints so far this year re­lat­ing to barbed or ra­zor wire.

Mul­ti­ple at­tempts made to con­tact the home­owner were un­suc­cess­ful.

JACK­SON THOMAS/STUFF

Ra­zor wire lines the bor­der­ing wall of this prop­erty at 67 Grib­ble­hirst Rd, San­dring­ham.

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