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Footpath & berm maintenance

Auckland Transport is responsible for the maintenance of streets, footpaths, and grass verges or berms, so that both traffic and pedestrians can move around quickly and safely.


Footpath repairs

Please let us know if you have seen a street or footpath that has any of the following:

  • potholes.
  • loose chip or debris.
  • cracked surface.
  • slips.
  • overhanging trees obstructing visibility.
  • repair of roadside furniture.

Please provide as much detail as possible, including if there is water involved, whether the problem could cause serious injury to a pedestrian, and the cause of damage if known.

Report a problem


Street cleaning

Auckland Transport is responsible for the cleaning of the streets and footpaths, to keep the city looking clean and tidy. This mainly takes place during the early hours of the morning and involves mechanically and manually sweeping the footpaths and streets, as well as collecting all the litter. A designated person with a hand-cart may also carry out spot-cleaning during the day.

The cleaning schedule varies throughout the region with high-use areas such as the CBD being cleaned continually throughout the day. The shopping areas in the suburbs are cleaned nightly. Main arterial routes are swept weekly and residential streets are swept approximately every twelve weeks. Frequencies and exact cleaning schedules are planned appropriate to an area's use.

The litter bins are emptied daily.

Contact us if you have any further enquiries about the cleaning of our streets.


Weed control

The Auckland region is the main entry point for new plant species arriving in New Zealand. The temperate climate means plant species are quick to naturalise and once established as weeds, these new species can grow and reproduce rapidly.

Over 615 exotic plant species have naturalised in the Auckland Region in the past 150 years (Auckland RPMS 1997). On average, one new exotic plant naturalises in Auckland every 86 days.

These introduced plants, along with weed and ornamental species already in the City's numerous gardens, are the source of potential weed problems in parks and on roadsides.

Auckland Transport is responsible for the control of weeds in our footpaths, berms, streets and roads. Materials and processes used to control weeds vary throughout the region.

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Urban berm mowing

BermsIn the 2013/2014 Annual Plan, Auckland Council standardised urban berm mowing services throughout the region. The decision was based on a vote by current councillors to cease berm mowing in the old Auckland City Council area - the only area in the region to have their berms mown.

Councillors made this vote based on the ability to save about $3m per year with the objective of minimising rate rises in the city. Standardisation of berm mowing services came into effect on 1 July this year.

Generally the responsibility of mowing grass berms adjacent to all other properties now rests with the owners or occupiers. The alternative, providing berm mowing services region-wide, would have cost ratepayers an extra $12m - $15M a year.

This means the only berms Auckland Council will mow are those adjacent to council-owned properties.

People are asked to please take pride in their streets, be good community citizens and ensure the berms in front or to the side of their properties are mowed regularly.

Auckland Transport was given responsibility by Auckland Council for exceptions in the old ACC area. Auckland Transport may consider mowing berms adjacent to properties that are:

  • steep and mowing poses a significant safety hazard (1:4 gradient)
  • not to the front, side of, or directly accessible from the property
  • in town centres or major commercial centres
  • within road corridors at shopping centres
  • in front of unoccupied properties where non-maintenance will result in a traffic or fire hazard and impact negatively on visual amenity; or
  • have a swale, rain garden, overland flow path, open channel, drain or other stormwater asset within the berm

If residents/landowners are unable or unwilling to mow the grass berm, then Auckland Transport contractors will maintain it, on an as- and when-required basis to keep the grass at an acceptable length. The timing and frequency of this service is at the discretion of Auckland Transport and will vary depending on seasonal growth of the grass.

General information regarding berm maintenance

Concreting or paving a berm

  • Berms cannot be covered by concrete or other impervious materials.
  • Grass allows stormwater to soak into the ground and reduces the load on the city's stormwater system.
  • Utility services such as water, internet, phone and electrical cables may be located under the berm and easy access is needed for maintenance and repair.
  • Previous councils may have planted berms with trees which are compatable with services and drainage. Concrete surfaces would compromise the health of these trees.

Private planting on berms

Residents are not permitted to plant on berms. On rare occasions permission may be given but this requires an application to Auckland Transport for a licence specific to their circumstances. Read Auckland Transport's Encroachment Policy.

Responsibilities for berms

  • Retirement village - The owner should make arrangements for mowing.
  • Building with a body corporate - The body corporate arranges mowing.
  • Block of flats - Residents in common should make mowing arrangements.
  • Townhouse - Residents who share a berm should make arrangements.
  • Cross-leased property - owners sharing the berm should arrange mowing.
  • Tenants - agree with your landlord about mowing.
  • Landlords - agree with your tenants who is responsible.

Online feedback form

Or mail your request to: Auckland Transport General, Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142.

If you wish to file a complaint regarding this recent policy change, please contact your local board who will be able to raise the matter with Auckland Council on your behalf.


Maintenance considerations

Maintenance considerations for all footpaths will:

  • Ensure the Asset Management Plan will recognise the life of each footpath design and location and provide for adequate funding for maintenance and renewal programmes;
  • Enforce the requirements for quality reinstatement of surfaces following development in or access to the street environment (in accordance with the Condition for Use of the Street by Utility Operators);
  • Implement 'sectioning' of the footpath asset to ensure quality reinstatement. This involves the identification of sections of footpath of a designated area. Work undertaken within a section, would then involve complete reinstatement of the entire section, rather than a patch. This technique reduces the 'patchwork' appearance and maximises pedestrian safety and amenity;
  • Ensure all future footpath upgrade or renewal works are recorded on a Geographic Information System to improve monitoring and programming of future footpath works. This includes footpath works by private developers and utility companies.

Footpath upgrade and renewal schedules

Footpath upgrade programme for Central Auckland

The footpaths on the upgrade schedule (below) have been selected for replacement during the 2013/14 financial year.

This schedule has the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication, however, changes may occur if other work is delayed or if other factors such as a change in budget, or inclement weather, affect the programme.

The table below lists streets that are scheduled for renewal up to the end of May 2014 and is subject to change.

 Street name Start point End point
ARANUI RD Mt Wellington Highway Ruawai Rd
ARTHUR ST (ONEHUNGA) Galway St Onehunga Mall RAB
ARTHUR ST (ONEHUNGA) Onehunga Mall RAB Beachcroft Rd
AUGUSTUS TCE Parnell Rise Parnell Rd
BADDELEY AVE Melanesia Rd Allum St
BERESFORD SQ Pitt St Hopetoun St
BOYCE AVE Penny Ave (east) Penny Ave (west)
BRENTON PL Kepa Rd End
BRISBANE ST (SOUTH) Dean St Keppel St
CADMAN AVE (GREENLANE) Garland Rd Cul-de-sac
CHRISTIE ST May Rd Roseman Ave
CHURCH ST EAST (SOUTHDOWN) Gt South Rd Rail xing
CLIVE RD Normanby Rd Mountain Rd
COATES CRES Pilkington Rd Pilkington Rd
COURT CRES Pilkington Rd Pilkington Rd
DENNY AVE May Rd Stoddard Rd
DUNCAN AVE Mt Albert Rd Haverstock Rd
EDGERLEY AVE Manukau Rd End
FORBES ST Trafalgar St Arthur St
GARDEN RD (REMUERA) Remuera Rd End
GREAT NORTH RD Commercial Rd St Joseph's School
GREAT NORTH RD #497 Gt North Rd Bond St
GREAT NORTH RD St Joseph's School Gt North Rd shops
GREENPARK RD Gt South Rd #20 Greenpark Rd
HAIG AVE Hardley Ave Renfrew Ave
HERBERT RD Dominion Rd Rarawa St
HILLSDALE RD Hillsborough Rd End
HOME ST (EAST) Home Street (west) Kirk St
HOPETOUN ST Beresford St Pitt St
HOWE ST (CITY) K' Rd Hopetoun St
JASPER AVE Mons Ave Mons Ave
KAHU RD Te Koa Rd End
KAPUNI RD Te Koa Rd End
KAY RD (PANMURE) Tunis Rd Tripoli Rd
KELSEY CRES Hillsborough Rd End
KEPPELL ST Waima St King St
KIRK ST (GREY LYNN/NORTH) Gt North Rd Keppel St
LAMBETH RD Kiwitea St Dominion Rd
LEYS CRES Shera Rd Scherff Rd
MALVERN RD (MORNINGSIDE) Western Springs Rd Rocky Nook Ave
MANUKAU RD Kimberley Rd Empire Rd
MARUA RD (ELLERSLIE) Harris Rd Lunn Ave
MAURANUI AVE St Marks Rd Gt South Rd
MAYBURY ST Line Rd Dalton St
MAYS RD Church St Rail xing
MELANESIA RD Long Dr Allum St
MITCHELSON ST Motorway underpass Walpole St
MONAGHAN AVE Guardwell Tce End
MORNINGSIDE DR Sainsbury Rd St Lukes Rd
MT ALBERT RD (THREE KINGS) Parau St Scout Ave
MT EDEN RD Valley Rd View Rd
NGAPAWA ST Lancing Rd End
NORMANS HILL RD Arthur St Quadrant Rd
ORAKEI RD Remuera Rd Komaru Rd
ORAKEI RD Shore Rd RAB Railway Overbridge
PARK GATE AVE Malvern Rd End
Parrish Rd Sandringham Rd Eldon Rd
PEACH PDE Rotomahana Terrace Ladies Mile
PLAYFAIR RD Freeland Ave Start + 50m
POTO ST Upland Rd Raumati Rd
PURIRI AVE Wheturangi Rd Gt South Rd
RAUMATI RD Benson Rd Kitirawa Rd
ROCKFIELD RD Great South Rd Oranga Ave
ROCKFIELD RD Oranga Ave Edmonton Ave
ROCKFIELD RD Edmonton Ave Mt Smart Rd
ROCKY NOOK AVE New North Rd End
SAVAGE ST Old Mill Rd End
SCARBOROUGH LANE Parnell Rd Parnell Tce
SCARBOROUGH TCE Ruskin St End
SELBOURNE ST (NORTH) Firth Rd End
SHERA RD (EAST) PORTLAND RD (+4 m) LEYS CRES
SHERA RD (WEST) BELL RD Sump at LEYS CRES
SHERIDAN LANE (incl walkway) Hepburn St End
SPEIGHT RD Averill Ave Long Dr
SPRINGFIELD RD #5 Springfield Rd Mountain View Rd
ST HELIERS BAY RD Riddell Rd Long Dr
ST MARKS RD Remuera Rd Motorway
ST STEPHENS AVE Takutai St Lichfield Rd
SUFFOLK ST Virginia Ave West End
TENNYSON ST Volcanic St Dominion Rd
TRIPOLI RD Tobruk Rd Alamein Rd
VOLCANIC ST Wiremu St End
WILKINSON RD Main Highway Ext End
WINN RD RHS ONLY  
WOLSELEY ST New North Rd End

Footpath renewal schedule for Auckland West 2012-2013

The footpaths on the renewal schedule have been identified as needing repair or replacement. 

The schedule has the most up-to-date information available at the time of publication, however, changes may occur if other work is delayed or if other factors affect the programme.

The table below lists streets in Auckland West that are scheduled for maintenance up to June 2013.

Street NameSuburbMonth
Atarua Gardens Waitakere March
Atkinson Rd (>909) New Lynn April
Atkinson Rd (909>) New Lynn April
Boylan Rd Waitakere April
Brigham Creek Rd Massey February
Buisson Gl Massey November
Burnham Rd Waitakere March
Captain Scott Rd (nos 75-87) New Lynn April
Ciprian Pl Henderson November
Dolbear St New Lynn January
Fairdene Ave Henderson October
Fernhill Dr Massey November
Glendene Ave New Lynn January
Glengarry Rd (1935-2731) Waitakere March
Glenorchy St New Lynn December
Golf Rd New Lynn May
Holmes Dr South Massey April
Kamara Rd New Lynn January
Kaponga Cres New Lynn November
Karina Pl New Lynn April
Karo Pl New Lynn May
Keeling Rd Henderson October
Kintara Dr Massey February
Kotinga Ave New Lynn May
Laingholm Dr Waitakere April
Marlin St Massey February
McEntee Rd Waitakere March
McKinley Rd Henderson January
Midgley Rd Massey October
Northfield Rd Waitakere April
Otitori Bay Rd (912>) Waitakere April
Pisces Rd New Lynn February
Puketitiro St New Lynn May
Rerewai Pl New Lynn May
Riverpark Cres Massey June
Robert Burke Pl Henderson March
Royal View Rd Henderson March
Sabulite Rd (>531) New Lynn February
Scotstoun Pl New Lynn April
Sel Peacock Dr Henderson December
Silverstone Pl Henderson February
South Titirangi Rd (>1626) Waitakere April
Spargo Rd Massey November
Tornado Pl Massey November
Waikumete Rd New Lynn February
Waimumu Rd Massey November
Waitakere Rd Waitakere April
West Harbour Dr Massey November
White Heron Dr Massey November
Woodford Ave Henderson December
Woodman Pl Massey November
Woolley Ave New Lynn January