Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New dog regulations are now in force

Media release
October 6, 2004

Commonsense approach to
dogs and the community

New dog regulations are now in force.

Under revised Waitakere City Council dog policy, the new dog exercise bylaw ensures community safety while providing for the needs of dogs and their owners.

The bylaw balances submissions from dog owners who feel restricted in being able to fully exercise their dogs properly with those who have had bad experiences through dogs not being properly under control.

Under the new bylaw, dogs must be on a leash in all public places, including Waikumete cemetery and most beaches. They are prohibited from sportsfields, playgrounds, picnic areas, fitness apparatus, vulnerable wildlife areas and Piha South for the busy daylight savings period. Off-leash areas are all reserves (except the coastal part of Harbourview), part of Bethells Te Henga (all year) and part of Piha North (all year).

The Council will be looking at identifying additional off leash beach areas where dogs can be fully exercised and able to swim. These areas will be subject to consultation to reach all round acceptable situations. Even in off-leash areas, dogs must be under control by their owners. This means owners must be able to call their dogs to heel when necessary.

“The Council is steering a course to accommodate needs of dogs, their owners and those who want assurance that children, their pets and they themselves will not have to bear the brunt of problems arising from irresponsible dog ownership,” says Waitakere City Public Affairs Manager Dai Bindoff.

“The Council believes it has taken a common sense approach to the issue of dogs in public places. The key is to educate everyone on good practice around dogs, understanding dog behaviour as well as good training for dogs,” he says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news