Council rejects attempt to stop it from using toxic pesticides

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:10 pm on 16 May 2016
Vegetables being sprayed with herbicide in a garden (file photo)

Vegetables being sprayed with herbicide in a garden (file photo) Photo: 123RF

In the past many parts of Auckland used natural forms of weed control in parks, playgrounds and roadsides, such as hot water and machinery and natural weed killing agents.  

But the chair of the council's environment committee Wayne Walker, says last year the council reduced the budget for weed control, making it only cost effective for chemicals to be used.

He says this goes against the councils environmental policy to minimise the use of agrichemicals - but when he and a fellow councillor tried to put an amendment to the council at a meeting on Friday it was rejected.