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At Alert Level 3: Step 1 you can travel throughout Auckland for exercise and recreation outdoors. Our early childhood centres are open for enrolled children only.

Customer-facing facilities like leisure centres, community venues, customer service centres and libraries will remain closed until further notice. Essential services will continue.

Wear a face covering, use the NZ COVID Tracer app, maintain a 2m physical distance, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

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Pruning or removing trees on public land

With more than half a million trees on public land, they are one of Auckland's most important assets. Trees play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy environment, reduce pollution and keep our city cool.

Auckland’s trees are cared for by a team of professional arborists and urban foresters who are qualified to assess and maintain a healthy tree canopy.

Our tree management is guided by industry best practice, Auckland’s Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy, and our tree management contract specifications.

Why we prune trees on public land 

Our arborists prune our trees to manage risk and maintain tree health and longevity. 

Our team monitors tree conditions in urban areas and prune them only when needed. A routine street tree pruning takes place, on average, every five years.

Trees are pruned if they obstruct:

  • powerlines 
  • footpath and roads
  • street lighting
  • vehicle access to public areas
  • traffic signage and road visibility.

Trees are pruned according to industry best practice. 

When we do not prune trees 

We do not prune public trees:

  • to reduce leaf, seed, flower, fruit, or twig debris 
  • to preserve or create views for properties
  • for solar access or to reduce shade cast
  • for property development.

We do not practice or condone tree topping, which is the removal of large branches at the top of the tree for height reduction. 

Topping can result in weak re-growth, decay, safety issues, increased maintenance, and a shortened life span.

Public tree removal

We may remove trees from public land when they are dead, dying, diseased or dangerous to people or property. 

A tree may be removed if:

  • it is diseased, dead, or incurably declining
  • it is causing a traffic issue or reducing visibility of a road or footpath that pruning cannot resolve
  • it is needed to preserve other trees
  • it is assessed by a qualified arborist as needing to be removed.

When we will not remove a tree

A public tree will not be removed:

  • to preserve or create views for properties
  • for solar access or to reduce shade
  • to reduce leaf litter or tree debris fall
  • because of roosting birds
  • for private property development
  • for seasonal or minor allergenic or irritant response
  • for unfounded property damage claims.


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