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Dog registration coming up

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A reminder to dog owners that the 2021-2022 dog registration period is just around the corner.

Registering your dog with your local Council is a requirement in New Zealand and is part of being a responsible dog owner.

Dog registration forms will be sent to dog owners via email or post during the first week of July and dogs need to be registered by August 31, 2021.

There are four dog registration classification categories.

Class W is working dogs as defined under Section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996. This includes disability assist dogs and dogs kept only for the purpose of driving or heading stock.

Class S is standard dogs which includes most pets, companion, recreational, hunting and family dogs.                

Class Q is for dogs classified as menacing or belonging to a breed or type or having been observed or had reported behaviour of a dog with characteristics typically associated with the dog’s breed or type which are, listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996. Five dogs that are prescribed as menacing include Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario and American Pit Bull Terrier.

Class D is dogs classified as dangerous based on the behaviour of the dog on one or more occasions or the dog owner of the dog has been convicted of an offence in relation to the dog under section 57A(2).

All dogs must be registered by three months of age.

Now is a great time to make sure your details and your dog’s details are up to date on the Wairoa District Council system.

To update your details or request your registration to be sent via email please contact Council at or call the team on 06 838 7309.

For any queries, please feel free to contact us or for more information head to

10 May 2021

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