DOG FRIENDS - AUCKLAND REGION & RODNEY - SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWS
DOG OWNERS CAN'T AFFORD TO BE APATHETIC - PLEASE READ VERY
The upcoming elections are going to be very important for dog owners as Local Boards will have
significant input into future Dog Policy changes!
PLEASE don't be apathetic, ensure that you vote ..... and vote wisely! One vote will not make a
difference but the collective votes of 2,000 + dog owners can easily make a difference.
You DON'T have to vote for the maximum number of people in any Local Board. If you only want to vote
for one or two then PLEASE just do that. ‘Topping up’ your voting paper just to get to the
maximum number may actually mean that your first choice candidates don't get elected !!
Below are our suggested two votes for the following Local
HIBISCUS & BAYS (HIBISCUS DIVISION)
For 10 years Gaye has been a consistent supporter of responsible dog owners. She has continuously
lobbied for more reasonable summer beach hours and has spoken on numerous occasions in support of
responsible dog owners at Auckland Council meetings, Dog Policy hearings etc. The new Auckland
Dog Policy which came into effect on 1st July includes a new summer time and season rule for dogs
on Auckland beaches. Gaye argued that it should come into effect this summer on ALL Auckland beaches
that currently have such a rule. Her continued lobbying resulted in Auckland Council requesting
their staff to work closely with Hibiscus & Bays to implement the new rule this summer. The result
is that Hibiscus & Bays are the first Local Board to achieve this.
Taila loves the Coast and is also a dog lover. He started the Clean Coast Facebook group which
now has 1,149 members to help protect our beaches. Taila believes Local Boards should have a
balance of ages. He is keen to listen to concerns and will put his best effort and energy into
making the Coast a great community for everyone.
HIBISCUS & BAYS (E COAST BAYS DIVISION)
Chair of the outgoing Local Board Julia pledges to work hard to ensure that the community’s voice
is heard by Council to ensure that the growing needs of the Bays are recognised and addressed.
Nine years experience in local government, Lisa has been proud to be a H&B Local Board member.
She believes in sensible progress to protect our world class lifestyle and that we deserve a fair
share from Council.
Thomas is a dog lover. He is the ONLY member of the current Rodney Local Board to have
supported the new summer beach hours in the new Auckland Dog Policy. When Rodney Local Board
sent in a submission which called for HARSHER summer restrictions on dogs Thomas Grace asked that
his name be recorded as disagreeing with the Board’s submission.
Vivien fully supports implementing the new summer dog rules asap! She sees animals as part
of our society; they bring many more benefits than detriments. She also thinks it’s ridiculous
to complain about unsocialised animals but at the same time banish them so they can't be socialised.
Kumeu dog owners please note:
The following candidates voted in their submission to the Auckland Dog Policy to INCREASE the
restrictions on Rodney dogs: Warren Flaunty, Bob Howard, Brenda Steele
Member of Warkworth Dog Training Club and many other local entities. Now in a position to give
something back to the community based on his Governance experience. “Caring, Competent and
Greg has pledged to support Rodney dog owners in their efforts to achieve implementation
of the new summer time and season rule on Rodney beaches.
Warkworth dog owners please note:
The following candidates voted in their submission to the Auckland Dog Policy to INCREASE
the restrictions on Rodney dogs:
June Turner, Steven Garner
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