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Chilling_Silence
13-01-2013, 05:46 PM
Hi all,

We are looking to chop down a tree in our back yard, in order to make way for a new deck.

Its not a native, but is quite tall, so we're wondering if there's any law around cutting them down if they're over a certain size? Or is that just that you can't cut natives?

Cheers


Chill.

DeSade
13-01-2013, 05:57 PM
http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ratesbuildingproperty/resourceconsents/types/pages/treeconsent.aspx?utm_source=Redirect&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=WebNavChanges

prefect
13-01-2013, 06:34 PM
Auckland city unless its on a protection register you can introduce it to Uncle Sthil. Under the Green Nazi Waitaikere council I couldn't even prune anything larger than 30mm. Since the supercity I waxed countless trees.

KarameaDave
13-01-2013, 07:32 PM
Rrrrringdingdingding....Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. :D

ChazTheGeek
13-01-2013, 07:38 PM
That's the stuff Dave! ;D

CYaBro
13-01-2013, 09:01 PM
It was damaged badly in a storm and was going to fall on my house, honest! :D

R2x1
13-01-2013, 11:15 PM
I can't see why they would object to you pruning the tree by 12mm. Just tough if that 12mm happens to be only 50mm above the ground and the bit above the pruning fails to thrive. ;)

pctek
14-01-2013, 07:13 AM
Its not a native, but is quite tall, so we're wondering if there's any law around cutting them down if they're over a certain size?

Yes of course.
1)Trim the branches so that it will fall the direction you want, ie you want it to fall east - trim the branches off the west.

2)Top it first if it's too tall to fall without crushing something on yours or neighbours property.

3)Don't mention the council.

CliveM
14-01-2013, 08:17 AM
If it is big enough to give you any concerns either legal or safety wise get an expert to give you a quote. Could be a lot cheaper in the long run. Otherwise cut it down. You may be able to make a good video of it so we can all have a laugh.

gary67
14-01-2013, 08:25 AM
Don't forget to let the logs dry out all summer before putting them in the fire

wainuitech
14-01-2013, 09:17 AM
To follow on from what Clive posted -- Sometimes its better to get in the experts, esp if its a big tree.

Dont want to do This here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpzvvACN8E) - :D Mrs Chill might be far from Impressed ;)

Bobh
14-01-2013, 11:18 AM
Seeing the way that tree was leaning you do not need to be a genius to realise which way the tree is going to fall.

lordnoddy
14-01-2013, 11:33 AM
I think a PressF1 'Handy Man' day is in order Chill - You provide the beers and we'll bring the tools =D

Iantech
14-01-2013, 11:35 AM
To follow on from what Clive posted -- Sometimes its better to get in the experts, esp if its a big tree.

Dont want to do This here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpzvvACN8E) - :D Mrs Chill might be far from Impressed ;)Classic, try explaining that to the Insurance Co. :D

prefect
14-01-2013, 11:46 AM
Dont listen to the worry worts just cut it down. Cut out a vee in the direction you want it to go and whack in from the back.
If you want a loan of a saw I have one you can borrow.

wratterus
14-01-2013, 11:48 AM
Always cut first, ask questions later.

mikebartnz
14-01-2013, 01:56 PM
To follow on from what Clive posted -- Sometimes its better to get in the experts, esp if its a big tree.

Dont want to do This here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFpzvvACN8E) - :D Mrs Chill might be far from Impressed ;)
The scarf (vee cut in Prefects lingo) cut wasn't any where big enough to get it falling the right way.

Chilling_Silence
14-01-2013, 02:33 PM
Always cut first, ask questions later.

Sounds like the kind of thing a married man would say:
"It is easier to ask forgiveness than permission"

Speaking of which, I really need some speakers to finish my home theatre setup :devil

wratterus
14-01-2013, 02:41 PM
Exactly, you can hardly 'un-cut' a tree. :p

Edit - although 'un-buying' home theater speakers is probably a lot more likely to happen.

Chilling_Silence
14-01-2013, 02:50 PM
Not if I don't have the receipt ;)

Gobe1
14-01-2013, 02:57 PM
Take cash, throw away the receipt, no evidence.... Nice !!

lordnoddy
14-01-2013, 03:49 PM
Take cash, throw away the receipt, no evidence.... Nice !!

"Honest darling, my friend at work just GAVE me this new 5.1 surround sound with Blueray/DVD player system - unopened!" - Seems Ligit.

Gobe1
14-01-2013, 04:17 PM
"Honest darling, my friend at work just GAVE me this new 5.1 surround sound with Blueray/DVD player system - unopened!" - Seems Ligit.

i thought so too ;)

5.1 is so last century tho so it would have to be 7.1 to go with the new Bluray player

lordnoddy
14-01-2013, 04:45 PM
Come on Gobe... who gives away 7.1 :p we're trying to make it believeable here! :D

Chilling_Silence
14-01-2013, 04:59 PM
7.1 is only for Zone 1, already have the setup for 5.1, need another two for that also now that you mention it.

Then there's Zone 2 which will actually also be changeable between either the back yard, the computer room, or both. 7.1 + 2 + 2 = 12 speakers? Surely that can't be enough, must have MOAR! :D

prefect
14-01-2013, 05:33 PM
7.1 is only for Zone 1, already have the setup for 5.1, need another two for that also now that you mention it.

Then there's Zone 2 which will actually also be changeable between either the back yard, the computer room, or both. 7.1 + 2 + 2 = 12 speakers? Surely that can't be enough, must have MOAR! :D
You havent got time sitting around listening to nice sounds and watching vids from an expensive system, you have moderating duties like booting people out lol.

Jen
14-01-2013, 05:45 PM
I think we need a picture of said tree. :p

A friend of mine is about to lose several trees from their front lawn. One is a med-large Kermadec Pohutakawa. The tree arborist said no permit is required.