Auckland residents are up in arms after a row of trees was turned into an “eyesore” in a bid to protect some power lines, Stuff reports. Residents of Alford St, in the central Auckland suburb of Waterview, woke up last week to find the trees on their berms cut into deep V shapes. According to Auckland Council’s regional arborists and ecological manager David Stejskal, the trees were pruned by contractors Treescape as part of routine maintenance for trees growing underneath power lines.