The Wairoa District Council is located on Queen Street, Wairoa, next to Coronation Square
Monday - Friday: 8am to 4:30pm
(Except public holidays and unless otherwise notified.)
Council administers the Dog Control Act 1996 and relevant bylaws, which require dogs to be registered, cared for and kept under proper control. Dog Control responsibilities mostly entail investigation of complaints about unregistered dogs, nuisances caused by dogs (eg, barking), and aggressive behaviour by dogs towards people, stock, and domestic animals. The aim is resolution of such complaints through education and, where necessary, enforcement. Annual property inspections are also undertaken to ensure animal welfare, to check registration and to update owners on any changes to legislation.
Council currently leases one dog pound.
Under Section 20 of the Dog Control Act 1996, owners are responsible for keeping their dog under control at all times. Failure to comply is an offence with a fine of up to $3,000 or an infringement fee of $300. This means controlling dogs on private property within physical limits (fencing, kennels, indoors), or by command and on a lead in all public areas.
Registration fees are used to maintain a safe and healthy environment for residents, dog owners and their pets. The Council does not profit from dog fees.
Fees pay for:
Dog control and law enforcement campaigns and education in schools, community groups and businesses signage for exercise areas and canine promotional materials, administering the dog pound, administering the dog register, application forms and tag distribution.
You must register your dogs by August 31 every year. All dogs must be registered by three months of age. Owners of unregistered dogs face fines up to $3,000 (or an infringement fee of $300) in addition to the registration fee. Registrations can be applied for and are payable at Wairoa District Council.
The current fees are:
If you want to keep more than two dogs on an urban property, you also need to apply for a special bylaw licence.
You can obtain registration application forms and bylaw licence forms from the Council office on Queen Street.
All new puppies need to be microchipped within two months of when they are registered.
Farm dogs used mainly for herding and driving stock are exempt from microchipping.
You will also need to microchip your dog if:
Microchipping has been introduced by Parliament to make it easier to track down dogs that get lost and to identify dangerous dogs.
Microchipping services are provided by vets.
Failure to microchip your dog if it falls into one of the microchipping categories could result in prosecution and a $3,000 fine.
On change of ownership, both the previous and new owner must give 14 days notice in writing to Wairoa District Council. The new owner must also complete a registration form.
If you move to another Council district, you have 14 days to notify both authorities of your new address.
If your dog dies and you have paid for current registration, you can make a written request for a refund. The Council will give you whatever remaining portion of the yearly rate remains after notification. You must also return the tag and/or provide proof from your vet.
Under Section 54 of the Dog Control Act 1996, owners must ensure their dog receives proper care and attention.
This means adequate food, water, shelter and exercise.Failure to comply is an offence with a jail term of three months or an infringement fee of $5,000.
To find out more about Wairoa District Council Dog Control you can contact the Animal Control Team at Wairoa District Council on (06) 838 7309.
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