Old city pol­icy still in sad­dle

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

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.

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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.

Photo: REUTERS

No rodeo: Rodeos like this one held at the Cal­gary Stam­pede in Canada are rare in New Zealand.

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