Environment, Piha Opinion

This is a disgrace and fire risk

3 Comments 30 September 2015

This is a disgrace for Piha and the Waitakere Heritage Area

Disgusting07I’ve watched the Cape ivy grow to the south of the boardwalk for some years now.  How it was ever left to take over to this degree is beyond me.

But blitzing it like this is an absolute disgrace and it’s not necessary.



Disgusting04Talk about a fire hazard !!!

Who is responsible for this?   Please read #3 below !

Who authorized this?   Is it going to be left like this?



Disgusting06Here is some arbitrary line that the control (spray) has stopped.

It’s already started to regrow.




Cape Ivy • Weedbusters

What can I do to get rid of it?  Most easily controlled at flowering, when highly visible and before seed is produced.

  1. Hand pull small plants, or dig out roots (all year round). Dispose of at a refuse transfer station, burn, or bury deeply.
  2. Stump swab (all year round): glyphosate (100ml/L) or metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (1g /L).
  3. Cut stems below waist height, spray below this point (spring-summer to actively growing plants): glyphosate (10ml/L knapsack or 2L/100L spraygun) or metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (2g/10L knapsack) or (20g/100L spraygun) or Tordon Brushkiller (60ml/10L) or Banvine (12ml/L) or Yates Woody Weedkiller (24ml/L) or amitrole (150ml/15L knapsack) or (2L/100L spraygun). Add penetrant to all mixes.

Below:  This ghastly weed has already taken a hold on the dunes at the beach end of the boardwalk.  What now?

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Your Comments

3 Comments so far

  1. Graeme Webber. says:

    I’m glad you’ve taken a photographic record of this Bobbie. I was aghast when I saw this a couple of weeks ago. Its only a few years back that there was a serious fire in this area which spread up the hill (at Christmas time). The Surf Club lent a hand to the local Fire Brigade to battle the flames and fortuitously put the fire out – not before a lot of damage to the hill occurred and local residents very afraid for their property.
    As you rightly say “Who is responsible for this”?
    Deliberately creating a fire hazard alongside the boardwalk is crazy – it would only take someone disposing of a cigarette butt here to once again put properties in jeopardy.
    Regards, Graeme.

    • Bobbie says:

      I well remember that afternoon Graeme and if I searched I’d find photos I took. That may have been the same day the Valentines married? . I recall ‘volunteers’ burning their feet trying to help. Frightening fire indeed.

  2. Village Voice Editor says:

    I have been advised today by Council that this area will be like this for the summer. There will be a further spray to catch any regrowth. Planting will be done 2016.

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