The large weeds appearing on Dunedin streets made the city
look ''Third World'', a disgruntled inner-city resident says.
Roy Kenny has lived in York Pl for 35 years and does not like
the look of the new residents sprouting from the concrete
''Look at these weeds. I used to spray them myself but I have
given up ... Why should I have to keep spraying them at my
expense when I am already paying what I consider to be
While he continued to spray his property frontage, he stopped
spraying the kerb with herbicide a year ago, and was now
greeted each day by the sight of 30cm-high weeds and even a
''If I let all my street frontage go like this,'' he said,
pointing to the weeds, ''it will begin to look like a
wilderness and people go away with a not very good impression
of the city''.
''This is Third World stuff.''
Dunedin City Council roading maintenance engineer Peter
Standring told the Otago Daily Times contractors had moved
away from non-toxic spraying of weeds several years ago, with
a salt solution now the preferred application.
''There are some places around town that are getting a bit
hairy, but when the weather is warm and wet it just goes a
Contractors were expected to increase spraying of city
streets over the next few weeks, and ''they will be hitting
Each Dunedin street could expect to be sprayed about two or
three times during a growing season.
''If we do get any complaints ...it is usually the area we
are about to move into.''
The council was responsible for weed-spraying up to a
property's boundary, he said.