While Iâve had my doubts about Amy Adams, thereâs no doubtingÂ sheâs willing to show up ratbag councils.Â Â I canât wait for Paula Bennett to get stuck into her Local Govt portfolio but this tale is why the Green Taliban should be shown the arse card when it comes to being anywhere near power.
“Many RMA rules around the country have slipped into nonsense territory,” Adams said after The Dominion Post reported on environmentalists Peter Standen, 77, and wife Diana, 74, of Otaki, being taken to court by Kapiti Coast District Council for felling and trimming seven trees they believed were rotten and dangerous.â
Good to see fitness guru, arts and travel blogger, David Farrar,Â pick up on a pearl of a story that ought to worry everyone.Â Â The Green Taliban running the Kapiti Coast District Council have decided to prosecute a couple of Otaki pensioners for getting an arborist in to clear “a mass of tangled and broken branches, dead, diseased and dangerous trees” on their own land.
Instead of theÂ councilÂ giving them a pat of the back for improving nature, instead, theyâre being prosecuted for “modifying naturally occurring indigenous vegetation“.Â Given these, mad, mad rules abound in many councils, including Lenâs socialist paradise of Auckland, itâs a real worry:
“This couple has spent a lot of time caring for their environment and gone to the effort of getting an arborist,” Adams said.
Oddly, Iâve been told Wellington City views your land as, well, your land.Â Â While I canât stand the place, it seems to be full of people planting natives, perhaps because youâre allowed to manage them than apply for Resource Consent to trim a branch. That mad Kapiti Council is telling people to rip out natives before its too late.Â Â Great message that for as Adams explains:
“We are not talking about some yob with a chainsaw with a tree he did not like. They got a specialist saying they were dangerous… it appears so eminently sensible… the outcome seems ridiculous. Â Read more »