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

 

Midland Park pigeons face unhappy New Year

NEWS RELEASE
10 December 2007

Midland Park pigeons face unhappy New Year

A big increase in the pigeon population in Midland Park and corresponding increases in complaints from outdoor diners in the area means Wellington City Council will have to take action with extreme prejudice against the birds – unless people stop feeding them.

The City Council’s Public Health Manager, Alison Box, says she and colleagues have faced a steady stream of complaints from park users, and from the adjacent Caffé Astoria, about pigeons in recent weeks.

“We think it’s because of the fine weather – it’s meant lots more people have been sitting in the park and either feeding the pigeons, or leaving food scraps behind - this is despite a number of existing 'do not feed the birds' signs.

“Word appears to have got around the pigeon population because the numbers in Midland Park have jumped. We’re now getting reports of pigeon intimidation – with birds swooping at muffins in the park and even flying into the Astoria itself.

“Increasing numbers of the birds are also now landing on nearby structures from where they can watch for food. And because the population has grown, the individual birds are becoming more desperate and aggressive.”

Alison urges Midland Park users to refrain from feeding the birds and to bin their leftovers – otherwise the Council will conduct a pigeon cull early in the New Year.

The Council is also contacting nearby building owners to see whether they can take simple steps to make their buildings less attractive as roosting spots.

“We don’t want to have to do a cull – but Midland Park is becoming unpleasant and unhealthy. There’s been a marked increase in the amount of pigeon poo in the area. That is not good from a health point of view because pigeons can spread a number of nasty gastric diseases via their droppings.”

Council staff are currently discussing the most effective and humane way of culling the population if the situation warrants such action after Christmas.

For further details please contact:
Richard MacLean, Council Communications, tel 04 801 3578 or 021 227 8180.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election