The Bay Chronicle - - CONVERSATIONS - Craig Salmon Pai­hia Keri Mol­loy Kerik­eri Paul Young Kerik­eri

winter kiwi lis­ten­ing cap­i­tal of the world and a bird watch­ing mecca.

It up­sets me when I see dogs on beaches chas­ing the birds away. For over 10 years we have waited for a de­cent dog by­law that pro­tects our na­tive birds.

I hope the coun­cil has the courage to im­ple­ment it. It seems that coun­cil staff mem­bers who drafted the by­law have lit­tle con­cept how many fam­i­lies and el­derly peo­ple in our dis­trict have dogs, love them dearly and ben­e­fit from them.

Dogs are a val­ued part of the Far North life­style and they should be catered for as such. The outcry in re­sponse to the pro­posed by­law is ev­i­dence of the dis­may the by­law is caus­ing.

It is well known that dogs are good for our phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing. Dogs need ex­er­cise. They need free walk­ing.

The pro­posed by­law will im­pact badly on the lives of many. It should be scrapped. The an­swer lies in pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship, just as we pro­mote re­spon­si­ble driv­ing.

I strongly ob­ject to the coun­cil spend­ing my rates on im­ple­ment­ing and mon­i­tor­ing such an over­bear­ing and ill- con­sid­ered by­law. Thanks to all of the peo­ple who helped to make this years af­ter ball party on July 29 a great suc­cess.

While it oc­curs im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the Kerik­eri High School ball, it is run sep­a­rately and in­de­pen­dently from the school.

Sup­port­ers of the event in­cluded the lo­cal Po­lice, St Johns, Kainui Pack & Cool, First Se­cu­rity, DRC Fencing and Churchill’s butch­ery.

We also had about 30 par­ent helpers on the night. I’d also like to thank the par­ents who pro­vided taxi ser­vices at 4am to make sure all 460 teenagers got home safely.

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