Rooting is rampant on Auckland City Council property

A reader emails concerned with rooting on council property:

Hi Cam,

Auckland City seems to have a problem with not only the Mayor rooting on council property – even the rabbits are rooting like… well… rabbits it seems.

I took the attached photos while walking around Lake Pupuke yesterday – at one point I counted 23 individual rabbits sitting on the small grass area at once, not including the ones over the fence in the grass by North Shore Hospital.

Turning a blind eye to rampant rooting, while the perpetrators enjoy free hospitality, pleasant accommodation and views overlooking the city seems to be par for the course these days in Auckland. Or perhaps these are a specially bred variant of rabbit that prefer council grass, in which case they could be a solution for overgrown berms?

Of course it would be illegal for anyone to knock the dear wee bunnies off with an air pistol, so like Len, the furry rooters will be around for some time yet I’m sure.


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