Wak­ing up to roost­ers too much


Moves to ban noisy roost­ers in ur­ban Palmer­ston North have ruf­fled the feath­ers of Manawatū Poul­try and Pi­geon Club mem­bers.

The re­stric­tion was pro­posed by city coun­cil­lor Su­san Baty, who said roost­ers crow­ing at dawn was one noise too many to ex­pect city dwellers to put up with.

Eight other coun­cil­lors have sup­ported her pro­posal to in­clude a rooster ban in the review of the An­i­mals and Bees By­law.

It would ap­ply to the city, not ru­ral vil­lages, in­clud­ing Ash­hurst.

Baty said she had en­dured a cou­ple of ex­pe­ri­ences with roost­ers dis­turb­ing her ear­ly­morn­ing slum­ber.

She had at­tempted to log noise com­plaints, but was ex­pected to be able to re­port the ad­dress where the rooster was crow­ing.

‘‘When you are wo­ken at 5am and you’re in your dress­ing gown, you’re sup­posed to work out where the prop­erty is.

‘‘There is no rea­son any rooster should be in the city. Only if it couldn’t speak should it be al­lowed.’’

Poul­try and pi­geon club show sec­re­tary Ron Pratt said he had been keep­ing show birds and rare breeds for 40 years with­out up­set­ting any­one.

A na­tional show in Palmer­ston North, the next sched­uled for 2018, would be the largest in the coun­try, at­tract­ing up to 1700 birds.

‘‘It would be an ab­so­lute disas­ter for me and sev­eral oth­ers if this was to hap­pen.

‘‘The roost­ers crow in the morn­ing, but it’s a nat­u­ral sound and peo­ple get used to it.’’

The An­i­mals and Bees draft by­law still has to be ap­proved by the full coun­cil be­fore it is put out for public con­sul­ta­tion.

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