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.