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#262063 3-Jan-2020 09:57
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Hi folks... Looking for a company/someone that could remove four trees (including two ponga trees) that are now touching our power/fibre cables and reducing a couple of big bushes in the back.


I've found a few in the Wellington region, but if someone could give a recommendation that would help.

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  #2384505 3-Jan-2020 10:15
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If you are talking about trees that are touching or less than 4 metres from electricity distribution lines (I am assuming that those trees are near actual distribution lines and not overhead service lines that only serve your property - let me know if that assumption is wrong), any arborists that tries to work on those trees must be authorised by the distributor and have the right competencies to do so. Have a look on Wellington Electricity’s website for further useful information  


Also, if your trees are close to distribution lines and various criteria are met, you might be able to declare “no interest” in them and have the burden of those trees’ management potentially shift to the distributor. To understand more how all this works, suggest you Google “No  interest tree notice” and have a look at the second result from Unison, another distributor based in Hawkes Bay. One thing to bear in mind is that if the distributor accepts your no interest declaration, they may manage the trees involved as they think fit.


in the first instance, in the interest of both avoiding some potential costs and to get good advice on the Electricity (Hazard from Trees) Regulations 2003, I suggest you make contact with Treescape. They are the vegetation management contractors that Wellington Electricity uses. 


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  #2384507 3-Jan-2020 10:20
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We used Willco and they were great. Friendly, safe and cost competitive. Were also good at problem solving - access to the trees was down the neighbour's steep driveway and they were worried about getting the mulching equipment down and back up. Ended up going and getting the bigger truck that had a winch on it and just hauling the felled trees up the driveway. Not something you see *every* day. 


This was a couple of years ago but would use them again when required.


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  #2384989 4-Jan-2020 13:58
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My in-laws have used PROARB a few times to take out trees, etc, and recommend them. Based in Broadmeadows.

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