In­for­ma­tion a dog’s break­fast

North Shore Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ZIZI SPARKS

Along Taka­puna beach, where of­fleash dogs are con­tro­ver­sial, signs along the beach pro­mote dif­fer­ent rules for dog walk­ing, and the coun­cil web­site has dif­fer­ent times again.

Some en­trances to the beach have no sig­nage at all, in­clud­ing the Prom­e­nade, with its busy, dog-friendly cafe. Sig­nage on five streets was con­sis­tent, say­ing no dogs would be al­lowed on the beach from Labour Week­end (Oc­to­ber 21) till March 31, from 10.30am till 6.30pm.

The signs also said dogs should be un­der con­trol on-leash on grass, walk­ways, car parks and near play­grounds dur­ing that pe­riod and could be off-leash, un­der con­trol, at all other times.

But fur­ther south a sign at Hau­raki Rd told a dif­fer­ent story.

‘‘No dogs on beaches and fore­shore be­tween 10am and 6.30pm dur­ing day­light sav­ings,’’ the sign said. This year, day­light sav­ings runs from Septem­ber 24, 2017 till April 1, 2018.

A third and dif­fer­ent sign was found at the Re­witi Ave ac­cess point, which dated back to North Shore City Coun­cil days.

It had the same message as that at Hau­raki Rd but car­ried a his­tor­i­cal 24-hour ac­tion hot­line which, when called, had an au­to­mated message that asked the caller to use the new Auck­land Coun­cil phone num­ber, as ‘‘the num­ber you are us­ing will be dis­con­tin­ued in the near fu­ture’’.

Mean­while, the Auck­land Coun­cil web­site dis­played an­other time frame again.

A poll on Neigh­bourly.co.nz asked whether peo­ple knew the dog rules for their lo­cal beaches. There were 78 re­spon­dents.

Of those who owned a dog, 18 knew the rules and seven did not. An­other seven said the rules weren’t clear.

Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board chair­woman Ju­lia Parfitt said the in­con­sis­ten­cies in such sig­nage were an is­sue across the re­gion.

‘‘The sig­nage bud­get comes from the lo­cal board funds, it’s re­ally quite dif­fi­cult to get funds,’’ Parfitt said.

‘‘There are two is­sues, the in­con­sis­tency and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of so many signs.

‘‘Dog ac­cess and var­i­ous rules are quite con­fus­ing to peo­ple be­cause there’s no one stan­dard time and date rule across the Auck­land re­gion.‘‘ Parfitt said.

‘‘For peo­ple who want to take their dogs to a range of places, it’s re­ally quite con­fus­ing.’’

Coun­cil was con­tacted for com­ment but did not re­spond in time.

ZIZI SPARKS/STUFF

The three dif­fer­ent signs are vis­i­ble along Taka­puna Beach, with one ac­cess point hav­ing no sign at all.

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