They are issues, and annoyances. But here is the real problem/issue with this country:
As the rest of New Zealand sniggers over Auckland's inability to sort itself out over a Party Central for next year's Rugby World Cup, spare a thought for the iconic symbol of the city.
Replacing the Monterey pine that once stood famously on Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) for more than 120 years has taken more than a decade, and the Auckland City Council now has a secret stash of more than 100 possible replacement trees.
But any replacement will now need the approval of the incoming super-city council and a North Island iwi collective.
That could involve consultation with ratepayers from Franklin to Rodney, and 12 iwi groups from the Coromandel to Warkworth.
Now known to some as None Tree Hill because it has taken so long to get agreement about what to plant and when, the treeless volcanic cone is seen as a symbol of Auckland's inability to do anything.
Nine years ago the city council and Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua had an agreement to plant a grove of six pohutukawa and three totara at the summit – Nine Tree Hill.
But since then Ngati Whatua has passed the mantle to a new iwi collective, and the plan has been frozen until treaty claims are settled, which would be March at the earliest.
By then the new Auckland council will be in place, and could throw out the deal altogether.
That's worth reading again. In summary, it has taken Auckland ten years and still we cannot plant a tree on top of a mountain. Now, it appears that further "consultation" is required after Iwi have re-organised.
We find it difficult to demolish old decrepid sheds. It has taken 12 years to complete the western ring route. We divert motorways to take account of a few birds nests. And it takes us nine years (and counting) to re-plant a tree. Worse still, time has not ended.
Consultation is killing this country. There's far too much of it and far too many people poking their noses in. Elected politicians are petrified of making a decision for fear of criticism of non-consultation and The Standard putting up their Democracy Under Attack banner.
I truly hope the new Auckland councillors have some gonads.
But history says that is unlikely.