I live at Tauranga Bay and we are having the same problem out here. About a year ago a total dog exclusion zone was created for over half the beach.
This was done without public consultation, but asked for by the Tauranga Bay Community Association.
It was discovered that no one wanted it, and voted to get it removed as after a season with no dogs, there were still no more dotterels.
Now a huge portion of the beach is roped off and the river which is a great place for dogs to romp and swim isn’t even accessible.
The voice of a few bird people who probably never come to Tauranga Bay don’t seem to want to listen to the voice of reason.
We need to be given a bit of credit for recognising that native birds add to the pleasure of living and visiting here. Total exclusion zones are just plain crazy. Most dog owners that walk their dogs are actually responsible so really I can’t see that this change is going to save any birds.
I see a couple of glaring issues that the council overlook and always bypass. One, the dog owners who should not be allowed to own a dog who’s dogs roam uncontrolled, and two, it’s actually not just dogs causing deaths for birds - try rats.
We are in a Kiwi Zone, and there are signs warning that our dogs can kill kiwi. I’m a responsible dog owner and I know that.
So why is it okay for domestic rubbish to get piled at the end of roads for collection because the council think it’s not economic for waste trucks to go up those roads?
This rubbish is often put out days in advance and now great populations of rats rip into the bags. Rats do more harm to the bird life than a dog walking with its owner down the beach front.
I have talked to the council, written to the mayor, no one will comment. Am I just barking up the wrong tree! Between January and April Paihia is one of the largest flocking sites for endangered NZ dotterel. Up to 50 make Paihia their home - there are only around 1700 left.
It makes them nearly as endangered as the giant panda and far more at risk than kiwi. I would love our area to become the