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Animal Education & Control
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Animal Control

Council administers the Dog Control Act 1996 and relevant bylaws, which require dogs to be registered, cared for and kept under proper control. Dog Control responsibilities mostly entail investigation of complaints about unregistered dogs, nuisances caused by dogs (eg, barking), and aggressive behaviour by dogs towards people, stock, and domestic animals. The aim is resolution of such complaints through education and, where necessary, enforcement. Annual property inspections are also undertaken to ensure animal welfare, to check registration and to update owners on any changes to legislation.

Council currently leases one dog pound.

Under Section 52 (A) of the Dog Control Act 1996, owners are responsible for keeping their dog under control at all times. Failure to comply is an offence with a fine of up to $3000 or an infringement fee of $200. This means controlling dogs on private property within physical limits (fencing, kennels, indoors), or by command and on a lead in all public areas.

Animal Control Officers and Administration staff are located in the Council Building on Queen Street.

For more information about Animal Control also have a look here.

'GoRoam' AppGoRoamApp

Help our Animal Control Officers do their job with letting them know about roaming or barking dogs. The easiest way to do this is to use the 'GoRoam' App.

  • To download it for your Android device please click here.

Dog Care

Under Section 54 of the Dog Control Act 1996, owners must ensure their dog receives proper care and attention.

This means adequate food, water, shelter and exercise. Failure to comply is an offence. Upon conviction: a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment.


To find out more about animal control, please contact the animal control team at the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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