Battle of the Berms

As you will all know, residents in the former Auckland City Council area had their berms mowed. Residents in the other six territorial council areas did not have their berms mowed. Now, after the formation of the Super City in July, councillors voted to stop cutting the Auckland City berms and have one region wide policy of not mowing berms, which has resulted in a saving of $3 million. (It would cost $12 million to $15 million to have berms mowed region-wide.)

This means that whilst the berms remain the property of the Auckland Council, you are responsible for mowing them. Auckland Council may consider mowing your berms adjacent to your property if:
• you are elderly
• you have limited mobility
• you have a medical condition
• the berm is steep and mowing poses a significant safety hazard

In the meantime there are a number of organisations offering lawn-mowing services that may assist you.