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Dog Control Policy and Bylaw 2021


We’ve reviewed our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw 2016.

We held an online survey from 5 to 17 January 2021 asking you if our existing dog exercise areas were meeting your furry friend’s needs. We listened to your feedback and proposed some new dog exercise areas around the district. We asked for further feedback on our proposed policy and bylaw from 12 February to 12 March. The Council held hearings and deliberations on the feedback received on 30 March 2021, and adopted the final policy and bylaw on 28 April.

The off leash dog exercise areas by Ward are:

Paeroa Ward

  • Brenan Field, Paeroa excluding the skate park and the sports fields .
  • Leach Field, Paeroa from 1 October 2021.
  • Stop bank land in Paeroa, between Criterion Bridge and William Street, excluding the carpark.

Plains Ward

  • River Road, Ngatea, fenced off area (previously used as a Council stock pound) from 1 October 2021
  • Kerepehi Domain, fenced off area on the left hand side from the road from 1 October 2021.
  • Turua Domain, area within the domain from 1 October 2021.
  • Stop bank land in Ngatea between the 100/50 km/hr speed limit sign on River Road and the Waikato Regional Council pump station adjacent to Orchard West Road.
  • Stop bank land in Ngatea between the corner of Orchard West Road and Kaihere Road to Puhanga Island Bridge, Kaihere Road.
  • Public land between the northern boundary of the Waharau Reserve at Waharau and the southern boundary of the Wharekawa Recreation Reserve which is defined by the Waihopuhopu Bridge.

Waihi Ward

  • From December 20 to February 9 the following year and including all public holiday weekends throughout the year, between the hours of 6.00pm to 9.00am the following day, Whiritoa Beach, including the lagoon, but excluding the southern end of the beach. Otherwise, from February 10 to December 19 the same year, but excluding public holiday weekends, between the hours of 3.00pm to 10.00am the following day.
  • Waihi South Reserve, Consols Street, Waihi.
  • Morgan Park behind the netball courts in Waihi, excluding the children’s playground and the sports fields

New off-leash areas running late

The 1 October opening date for our new off-leash dog exercise areas has been pushed out slightly due to Lockdown delays and the recent heavy rains which prevented planting of new grass seed. A new opening date will be announced soon. We apologise for any convenience. Our established off-leash areas are open as usual.

See Dog Exercise Areas / Prohibited Areas

You told us what you think | Kua kōrero mai koe ōu whakaaro, tēnā rawa atu koe

We considered your feedback at a meeting held in March.

The opportunity to provide written feedback period has now closed.