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Extraordinary grass and weed growth

Long Grass in the garden

Extraordinary grass and weed growth, combined with wet days, is making it challenging to keep Council’s reserves and properties looking tidy.

 Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said the whole district is experiencing accelerated growth from farm paddocks and private lawns to roundabouts, roadway kerb sides and public areas.

 “In some cases, the grass growth has been so prolific that our contractors have mowed an area and the grass has literally grown so much over a couple of days it looks like it hasn’t been mown.

 “While these tropical conditions are prompting extraordinary growth, we are working to tidy up as much as we can, while working within our approved work programmes.

 “In particular, it has been challenging to keep our cemeteries mown, as we also need to fit in with public requirements, meaning there are times when we can’t mow due to interments and services.”

 Mr Tipuna said Council appreciates the work carried out by contractors and the demanding conditions have been discussed with contracting teams. We have increased mowing frequency when conditions allow, with crews working out of usual hours to try and meet the demand. We also need to be mindful of safety, for example, mowing cannot occur on wet slopes.

 “This extraordinary growth is not limited to Wairoa, it is happening all over the country and we do appreciate the patience and support from members of the public.

 “If you do notice that there is an area that needs particular attention, please make a Customer Service Request (CSR) with the Council by going to Council’s webpage, , click on do it online, click on Say it and then click on Customer Service Request and enter the details.

 Alternatively, ring the Council office on 838 7309. For non-emergency work it is best to call during usual working hours but if it is an emergency that same number operates 24/7.


26 January 2023

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