Old city policy still in saddle
It turns out a unique ban of rodeos on public land, thought to have been ‘‘wiped overnight’’ is still in place.
Auckland Council has confirmed the rodeo ban, put in place in 2008 by the former Auckland City Council, still stands.
‘‘A recent [council] report mistakenly said the ban was no longer in place and had been replaced by the Auckland Council events policy.’’
On July 22 council officers said the ban had been replaced by a new events policy, brought in last year.
The new policy did not include the rodeo ban.
councillor Cathy Casey said at the time noone knew it was wiped and questioned why it was not publicised.
The treatment of animals in rodeos is nationally controlled under the Animal Welfare (Rodeos) Code of Welfare 2003 and the more general Animal Welfare Act 1999.
The former Auckland City Council was first local body in New Zealand to ban rodeo events on council land.
‘‘The decision by the legacy council was made in relation to its concerns for animal welfare and only relates to council land within the former Auckland City Council area,’’ council says.
Auckland’s only annual rodeo is held in Warkworth.
No rodeo: Rodeos like this one held at the Calgary Stampede in Canada are rare in New Zealand.