Waiheke Marketplace : September 5th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 NEWS Want to Sell Your home? SodoI! • 16 years with Bayleys on Waiheke • Sold well over $140m worth of properties Trust someone with knowledge, experience and a proven track record to market your property. Residential • Waterfront • Lifestyle Absolutely no obligation free appraisal and consultation. All price ranges. 2877761AB CURNOW REALTY LIMITED MREINZ, A MEMBER OF THE BAYLEYS REALTY GROUP Barry Curle Marketing Consultant -- Real Estate Bus 372 0005 Mob 0274 944 990 A/h 372 8037 firstname.lastname@example.org AVAILABLE 3 SEPTEMBER - 16 SEPTEMBER 2012. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. 'The Barn' PHONE 372 5555 NEW OPENING HOURS Mon - Sat 9am-9pm Sun 10am-7pm Residents speak up on dog policies By GILL ALCOCK Canine constraints: A hearing panel of Glenn Wilcox of the Independent Maori Statutory Board and Auckland councillors Michael Goudie and Cathy Casey heard submissions on the proposed dog control bylaw and policy made by Waiheke residents. Keen dog owners and upset residents made submissions to the hearings panel for the proposed new dog control bylaw and policy. Auckland Council has to review all bylaws by October 2015. During this process it is consolidating the seven dog policies and bylaws inherited from former councils into one policy to cover the whole region. The proposed policy will allow local boards to make decisions about dog access arrangements. The meeting at the Auck- land Council offices in Bel- gium St last Wednesday was part of a process that began earlier this year with written submissions. The hearings panel was chaired by Auckland council- lor Cathy Casey and included fellow councillor Michael Goudie and Glenn Wilcox of the Independent Maori Statutory Board. Palm Beach resident Janet Moore was one of those to make a public submission. She told the panel islanders were into self policing'' and although there were cases where dog owners weren't compliant, we don't tolerate nasty dogs''. This was reiterated by dog owners Judy Johannessen and Barbara Wilkinson. Ms Wilkinson put forward a concern over the new bylaw proposal to revoke the rules that allow dogs on marked fields in the Onetangi Sports Park. She says making the Dog Owner's Group, which trains dogs and runs agility classes at Onetangi Sports Park a special case'' by allowing only their dogs to be off-leash in a sporting area, would be unfair. She says the park is being promoted as a recreational area so all dogs should be allowed to be off-leash while using the facility. It would be a tragedy if dogs were only allowed to use it on a leash.'' The last submitter was Rocky Bay resident Ross Gillespie who spoke about the lack of control over aggress- ive dogs by some owners. Owners often treat their dogs like children and like some children they can be spoilt.'' He also spoke about the lack of responsibility of some owners to pick up faeces, say- ing that when the Esplanade was closed to vehicular traffic it became known as dog doo alley''. He noted how it was still common to find dogs roaming around the island and that dogs on playing fields was ridiculous''. Chairwoman Ms Casey closed the meeting by saying we've heard everybody loud and clear'' and reiterated the timeline for the bylaw process which will see a public hear- ing at the Auckland Town Hall followed by a recommen- dation made to the council in November. The policy and bylaw will come into force early next year. DOGGY DATA In 2010 there was an estimated dog population of 107,000 in Auckland. Around 96,000 of these were registered. Dog management services are the fourth most requested service for Auckland Council. Auckland Council received 27,885 dog complaints in 2010. The top three complaints are roaming (52 per cent) followed by barking (33 per cent) and attacks and aggression (11 per cent). Children account for 16 per cent of victims of dog attack and aggression. BOARDS DECIDE DOG RULES The bylaw proposes the following powers for local boards: Local boards to decide dog access rules in local parks and on local beaches under council control. Existing local dog access rules for parks and beaches to be retained with amendments to align with new region-wide dog access rules. Local boards will decide any future changes to these dog access rules, ensuring that decisions are consistent with dog safe access principles and criteria and with region-wide dog access rules.
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