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Arb FAQs

NZ Arb's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Whether it is about tree care or tree workers, neighbours and consents, qualifications or careers, or membership and members, we hope we can answer it here or direct you to more information.
 

 

Quality Tree Care and Guidelines


Where can I find information about pruning trees?
For more information, please go to Tree Care Guidelines
 
Where can I find information about the benefits of trees and caring for trees?
For more information, visit Trees are Good
 
What is tree topping?
In general, professional Arborists consider topping trees as poor practice. For more, read the following article Topless Trees are Indecent
 
 

Trees, Neighbours and Consents

 
I have a tree overhanging my property from my neighbour. What are my rights?
The rules for trimming a neighbour's tree(s) is multi-faceted depending on several factors (i.e. Is it a protected tree? Are there council rules to the extent of permitted trimming? And also general good practice – e.g. safety of people and property and/or health of the tree).

Under the Property Law Act, branches overhanging a neighbour’s property can be trimmed back to the common boundary by said neighbour without the consent of the tree owner (notwithstanding the other rules mentioned earlier that may apply). The ‘debris’ from such trimming technically belongs to the tree owner. Permission is required from the property owner for access to their property in all cases – either by the tree workers or the neighbour.

Here is a useful web site about trees - pruning and removing: http://www.consumer.org.nz/topic/treesandneighbours.
 
Do I need consent to prune or remove a tree on my property?
This varies from region to region and is multi-faceted depending on several factors. Is it a protected tree? Are there council rules to the extent of permitted trimming? The Resource Management Act may be a factor too. Please check with your local council before any major tree work is carried out.

More information can be found at Auckland City Tree Consents Information on where and what type of consent is required and the type of tree services are being used in Auckland City.
 
 

Careers in Arboriculture


How do I become an Arborist?
For more information, please read Become an Arborist
 
I am an overseas Arborist and wish to come to New Zealand to work?
For more information, please read Arb Career in NZ
 


Members and Membership

 
How do I found out if an Arborist is a Member of NZ Arb?
In general, most of our members can be found in the Members' List. However, if you are still unsure, please email NZ Arb using Contact Us.
 
I think I have a problem with an NZ Arb Member. What do I do?
In the first instance, try and solve any issue with the arborist in question - this is often the best course of action. If you wish to lay a complaint against an NZ Arb Member, please email the Secretary via Contact Us.
 
I sent a Membership Application to NZ Arb a few days ago and have not heard back yet. What do I do?
Membership applications require NZ Arb to verify the new applicant's information, referees and credentials. Normally, this can take a few business days, but in some instances this can take 2-3 weeks. If you have not heard back in 3 weeks, please feel free to email us via Contact Us.
 


Arboricultural List of Terms


Member of NZ Arb
Membership of the New Zealand Arboricultural Association.

An individual or organisation that has paid to become a member of the National industry association (NZ Arb).

Members of NZ Arb are bound by the Code of Conduct as set out in the Constitution of the NZ Arb Assoc.
 
Approved Contractor
An NZ Arb Approved Contractor is a contracting company that has met the criteria and standard of work set by the NZ Arb.

NZ Arb can ONLY recommend accredited Approved Contractors.
 
Member of the ISA
Member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

An individual who has paid to become a member of the International industry association (ISA).
 
ISA Certified
A person who holds the relevant experience and who has sat and passed an exam set by the International Society of Arboriculture.

ISA Certified Arborists will also have a certification number.
 
National Certificate
The National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture).

This is a qualification that is mainly taught on-the-job by way of an apprenticeship or similar training.
 
Certificate in Arboriculture (Cert Arb)
Certificate in Arboriculture.

This is a qualification that is mainly taught through polytechnics or similar training institutes.
 
Certificate in Horticulture (Cert Hort)
Certificate in Horticulture.

This is a qualification that is mainly taught through polytechnics or similar training institutes.
 
Diploma in Horticulture (Dip Hort)
Diploma in Horticulture.

This is a qualification that is mainly taught through polytechnics or similar training institutes, it may have been done via correspondence or as a course of undergraduate study at a university.
 
Diploma in Arboriculture (Dip Arb)
Diploma in Arboriculture.

This is a qualification that is mainly taught through polytechnics or similar training institutes.
 
NZQA Qualified
Someone who holds a qualification from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (it could be anything and it could be a any level)
 
HITO Qualified (now PRITO)
Someone who has the permission to train and assess their own staff in accordance with the (NZ) Horticulture Industry Training Organisation. (Now the Primary Industries Training Organisation [PRITO])
 
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