New Zealand Dog News

Reviewing the dog news in New Zealand with editors comments. Someone needs to keep reviewing how our dogs are doing in society.

January 07, 2010

Summertime and the living is definitely not easy

OPINION: It's the season of porkies, when people tell outrageous fibs about how wonderful summer used to be in the mythical Kiwiland when they were kids, and try to make us believe them.

Fact: summer is a mixed bag of fine days and floods, and needing warm pullovers more often than anyone admits. Fib: summer is endless blue skies and icecreams at the beach. What - with sand blown into them?


While Rosemary McLeod talks about how she "doesn't buy the Kiwi camping holiday for a minute," my comment at the bottom of her online column is below.

"The ideal camping is FREE camping because you can then bring your dog.

This country is so anti-dog and now that Christchurch has been amalgamated with Banks Peninsula, the chch city rules towards dogs apply.

What does this mean? It means that in the middle of nowhere, on the beach, you can't bring your dog on a holiday camping. Okains Bay... huge place down a valley with nothing around except for a few houses, and a NO DOGS SIGN on the BEACH rigidly enforced, let alone near the CAMPGROUND ground.

It makes my blood boil how the kiwi holiday is now turning into a stay-at-home holiday because a lot of us consider our pets part of our family.

At the Companion Animal Conference in Auckland (2009), The Hon. Rodney Hide (Minister for local government) understood the importance that our dogs have in our lives and promoted a wholesale review of NZ's 'dog laws' and an earnest commitment to funding research into valuing and managing our companion animals. "


  • At 11:45 a.m., Blogger g said…

    From 1 December until 1 March dogs are prohibited from beaches between 9am and 7pm.
    Banks Peninsula
    Corsair Bay Reserve and Foreshore
    Cass Bay
    Diamond Harbour Beach
    Duvauchelle Beach area
    French Farm Foreshore
    Le Bons Bay Foreshore
    Little Akaloa Foreshore
    Okains Bay Beach
    Paradise Beach
    Pigeon Bay Foreshore
    Port Levy
    Purau Foreshore
    Rapaki Wharf and Foreshore
    Sandy Beach
    Tikao Bay.

    so really dogs are allowed. the time restrictions in my view would be better for thye dog anyway? cool morning and evening run??

  • At 4:40 p.m., Blogger Natalie said…

    I understand that dogs are allowed on the beach... I don't have a problem with restrictions with 'where' on the beach dogs are allowed but what I have a problem with ALL OF THE BEACH for a whole day.

    Not everyone works 9 to 5 some actually work the night shift and can only walk their dog in the afternoon and/or late morning...

    Or say someone is driving to Akaroa and stops in Duvauchelle for a quick get out and a leg stretch. Let's plan our day so that the dog can step on the beach before 9. Sheese...

    Life is full of greys... thank god for that. I like my kaleidoscope view of the world.


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