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Generally work on a fence must be done jointly, under the Fencing Act, and there is a procedure in place with fencing notices and cross notices to resolve disputes, with the Disputes Tribunal as the place where these are resolved. So your neighbour has trespassed by removing the trellis on your side, and is liable for any damages. Any work on the fence such as adding wooden palings should be after discussion and by consent. Obviously you do not want to open a dispute with him but would prefer to resolve matters by discussion. In this situation sometimes setting up a more formal meeting with an independent facilitator to keep the peace, may be a better solution, and you could discuss ways to make the fence look better by consent rather than unilateral action. If discussion is not possible then you could take the dispute to the Disputes Tribunal but hopefully discussion will solve the problem