Trees & Vegetation

Residential and rural areas in the Horowhenua District need trees to improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide a source of food and shelter for birdlife and beautify our towns and landscapes.

However, trees can also block drains, disrupt walls and foundations, hide views, cast shadows and from time to time fall down.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities

Horowhenua District Council's 'Trees and Your Rights' brochure has been developed as a guide to help answer questions around the rights and responsibilities you have concerning trees as a landowner or neighbour.

This brochure includes the following information:

  • who is responsible and what to do if there's a problem; 
  • who can cut the tree and who pays; 
  • what role Council plays; and 
  • planting setbacks for Plantation Forestry and Shelterbelt Planting. 

The provisions outlined in this brochure are from the Horowhenua District Plan as at June 2014. These provisions may change and, as such, should only be used as a guide.

Trees and Your Rights Brochure(PDF, 216KB)

Further Information

For more detailed information about Notable Trees and restrictions on plantation forestry and shelterbelt planting in the Rural Zone please contact Council on (06) 366 0999.  You may also need to seek additional advice from a planning consultant, surveyor or solicitor.

If you are concerned that a tree growing near electricity lines is a potential hazard, the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 applies.  Please contact Electra on 0800 353 2872 or 0800 Electra for more information.