Coun­cil says no re­moval

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South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil says they haven’t re­moved any na­tives or trees, which one res­i­dent says is lead­ing to ero­sion of a pop­u­lar walk­way.

Tarn An­der­son says she’s too scared to walk along Toko­roa’s Matarawa Stream walk­way due to the ero­sion.

How­ever, coun­cil parks and prop­erty man­ager Greg Shaw dis­puted that na­tives and trees had been re­moved and said only nox­ious veg­e­ta­tion like black­berry, broom and co­toneaster had gone to make way for re­plant­ing in na­tives.

‘‘We do leave the grasses lower down on the banks of the stream to sta­bilise the ground,’’ he said.

‘‘A lady ap­proached the coun­cil re­cently con­cerned about the re­moval of the co­toneaster which she be­lieves to be na­tive. Our staff have a dif­fer­ent view, that it is not.’’

Shaw said he was not aware of the na­tives be­ing washed away but said there was no im­me­di­ate is­sue with the large rocks.

‘‘We are aware of a few large rocks and suf­fice to say staff are not con­cerned at this stage. We do keep an eye on these,’’ he said.

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