Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 1 July 2020 to date (accessed 3 August 2020 at 22:08)
125   Abatement of public nuisances
A council may abate a public nuisance or order a person responsible for a public nuisance to abate it.
 Abatement means the summary removal or remedying of a nuisance (the physical removal or suppression of a nuisance) by an injured party without having recourse to legal proceedings.
Nuisance consists of interference with the enjoyment of public or private rights in a variety of ways. A nuisance is “public” if it materially affects the reasonable comfort and convenience of a sufficient class of people to constitute the public or a section of the public. For example, any wrongful or negligent act or omission in a public road that interferes with the full, safe and convenient use by the public of their right of passage is a public nuisance.