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Leaf it to Us in the Waimakariri

Thursday, April 16, 2020   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environment, lockdown

Waimakariri District Council media release: 15th April 2020

Burnt oranges, reds and golds are creating a beautiful seasonal scene across the Waimakariri District, as falling temperatures and turning leaves mark the arrival of autumn.  With the beauty, also comes the drop of leaves along the footpaths and gutters of tree-lined streets.

Under Alert Level 4, the Council are maintaining routine road sweeping as well as programmed leaf pick up rounds to prevent blocked drains, with measures in place to protect contractors from the transmission of COVID-19.

Council’s Roading Manager Joanne McBride says that as street sweeping ramps up in streets that have a high build-up of leaves, contractors will be on the ground with blowers to get the verges and footpaths cleared of leaf fall, while keeping within the physical distancing guidelines.

“We’ve had to change a few things to adapt to the COVID-19 situation.  With so many people at home during Alert Level 4, sweeping will start at 8am, rather than the normal 6am start. The clean-up process can be a little noisy at times, and we appreciate people’s understanding while the work is underway”, says Joanne.

Leaf pickup happens after leaves ‘turn’, and weather events bring down a mass drop. Because of this, accurate programming of sweeping is difficult. Contractors check and assess tree-lined streets to make sure kerbs and channels are clear. The following streets are known high leaf-fall streets and will be monitored for pick up during autumn...


  • East Belt (near Rangiora High School and parts of the southern end);
  • Queen Street;
  • Park Street;
  • Wales Street;
  • Church Street;
  • Ayres Street;
  • George Street;
  • West Belt;
  • Percival Street;
  • Ivory Street;
  • Durham Street;
  • Carmana Gardens;
  • Goodwood Close;
  • Golding Avenue;
  • Seddon Street;
  • Oakwood Drive;
  • Ashley Street;
  • Kingsbury Avenue;
  • Kensington Avenue;
  • Windsor Court; and
  • Belmont Avenue.


  • Raven Quay (both sides of Williams Street);
  • Sewell Street;
  • Cass Street;
  • Meadow Street; and
  • Isaac Wilson Road.

Residents can help out by removing leaves from outside their homes and putting them in their compost, green or red bin, and are encouraged to park vehicles off-street wherever possible during heavy leaf fall, so that the sweeper can access the leaves and do a more thorough job.

During autumn, it’s impossible to maintain a leaf-free street at all times as weather and wind can cause a mass drop. During windy conditions, leaves may build up again within hours of a clean. Streets will be monitored and additional sweeping rounds will be done where needed.

Residents concerned about leaf build up can contact us in a number of ways: