Trimming trees safely

Trimming trees near power lines can be extremely hazardous and should not be underestimated. Contact with a power line can cause:

  • injury or death to yourself, family or passers-by

  • damage to property and other trees

  • damage to the electricity network

  • damage or death to livestock.

Keep safe

We recommend you hire professionals with the necessary expertise and safety procedures to competently carry out tree trimming.

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If you intend to work within 4 metres of power lines, request a close approach consent from us before you start. As a tree owner you may be liable for any damage caused by carrying out trimming or felling of trees.

To request a close approach consent please go to our online services portal.

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For more information about working with qualified tree professionals, please call our contact centre on 03 363 9898 or 0800 363 9898.