Council says no removal
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.