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Now is the time to register your dog

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Annual dog registrations are fast approaching.

The Wairoa District Council dog registration period begins on July 1 and if you register your dog before August 31, you can take advantage of discounted pricing.

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 are being sent to dog owners via email or post and all dogs over the age of three months need to be registered by August 31, 2021.

There are five dog registration classification categories and pricings.

Class W ($60) 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 ($100) is standard dogs which includes most pets, companion, recreational, hunting and family dogs.

Class SO ($90) is the selected owner policy where responsible dog owners receive a 10% discount to encourage owners to take good care of their dogs.

Class Q ($200) 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.

Class D ($415) 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).

Once you receive your registration notice, please check to make sure your details are correct and up to date, especially if you have or are moving out of the district or have changed the number of dogs you own.

If you would like more information or require assistance with registering your dog, the team is always happy to help. Head over to or get in touch with our Compliance Team or phone Council on 06 838 7309.

19 August 2022

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