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


Coastal rabbit control to begin

Coastal rabbit control to begin

For immediate release: Thursday 29 May 2008

Dog owners who exercise their dogs on the beach are being urged to keep them on leads during the next few months as coastal rabbit control takes place.

The annual rabbit control programme is being carried out at 10 sites using pindone rabbit baits, to help protect this season’s native dune plantings which have been put in by Coast Care volunteers. All poison areas will be well signposted with warning notices.

Because the pest control involves using poison baits, beach users and local residents are reminded to look out for warning signs so they can keep pets and young children out of harm’s way.

Poison bait will be laid from now, and may be on the dunes until late August.

Environment Bay of Plenty pest animal officer Brian Clements said this year Pindone carrot or pellets will be used.

“The advantage of using carrot is that dogs are less likely to pick up the bait. However that’s no reason for people to be less vigilant when walking their dogs near any of the poison areas,” he said.

“If you’re walking your dogs on the beach near poison areas, keep them on a lead so they don’t run up into the dunes where they might find the bait, and also cause damage to the new plantings. Better still, take them to a different spot on the beach where they’re unlikely to be near the poison.”

Mr Clements said all bait is dyed greed and people are reminded to look out for warning signs which will be put up at each site.

“If you suspect your dog has eaten the bait or poisoned rabbits, seek veterinary care immediately. Poison symptoms may include pale gums, difficulty in moving, and, in severe cases, bleeding,“ he said.

Poison will be laid in sand dunes in these areas:

• Hartford Ave Area, Papamoa;

• Pukehina;

• Otamarakau West;

• Otamarakau East;

• Pikowai West;

• Matata (Richmond Avenue area);

• Snells Beach;

• Tirohonga West ( of campground);

• Tirohonga East (Tirohonga campground to Waiaua River mouth);

• Opape; and

• Rabbit Control is also being undertaken at Ohiwa/ Bryans Beach separate from the above locations by the local Ohiwa Care Group.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Not Easy: Gordon Campbell On The Greens’ Ongoing Problems

Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival...

A few months ago, the Greens felt able to forego that role in Ohariu in order to help a beleaguered Labour Party get its candidate Greg O’Connor across the line, and knock Peter Dunne out of the parliamentary frame. More>>


Closing The Gap: Ardern Rules Out Income Tax Rise

After earlier commitments by Jacinda Ardern to do something about inequality and poverty, this new position on income tax seems an about face. To do something significant about inequality requires increases in income for those at the bottom and decreases for those at the top... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need... More>>

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election