Small increase to dog registration fees

Dog owners will face new registration fees increased by the rate of inflation.

Gisborne district councillors have approved the new fees for the 2019-2020 financial year.

Director of environmental services and protection Nick Zaman told councillors the increase was modest and covered inflation and council costs.

Mayor Meng Foon, in supporting the increases, said veterinarian costs were more expensive than registration costs.

“I get a few calls about dogs.”

Malcolm MacLean expressed concern about the increased fees.

He had met superannuitants living on their own “who look after their little dogs like they’re little kids”.

The fees for superannuitants increase from $55 to $57. Mr MacLean said that was too expensive for superannuitants.Along with vet fees and pet food,“it all adds up”.

Mr Foon said it worked out to be just over $1 a week.

Josh Wharehinga said there needed to be “a wider conversation” about matters such as ‘‘carving out spaces specifically for dog owners and for those who are scared of dogs”.

There could be certain areas at beaches and dog parks where owners could take their dog.

Mr Foon said such issues could be included within the council’s spatial plan.

Dog owners will face new registration fees increased by the rate of inflation.

Gisborne district councillors have approved the new fees for the 2019-2020 financial year.

Director of environmental services and protection Nick Zaman told councillors the increase was modest and covered inflation and council costs.

Mayor Meng Foon, in supporting the increases, said veterinarian costs were more expensive than registration costs.

“I get a few calls about dogs.”

Malcolm MacLean expressed concern about the increased fees.

He had met superannuitants living on their own “who look after their little dogs like they’re little kids”.

The fees for superannuitants increase from $55 to $57. Mr MacLean said that was too expensive for superannuitants.Along with vet fees and pet food,“it all adds up”.

Mr Foon said it worked out to be just over $1 a week.

Josh Wharehinga said there needed to be “a wider conversation” about matters such as ‘‘carving out spaces specifically for dog owners and for those who are scared of dogs”.

There could be certain areas at beaches and dog parks where owners could take their dog.

Mr Foon said such issues could be included within the council’s spatial plan.

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Concerned Rangitukia Resident - 4 months ago
I live up the Coast and I pay my dog registration and have been for several years. It annoys me that you charge us Coast people the same prices as in town and I feel we get a sub-standard service. I ring the pound and they show up a week later. By that time the rogue dogs have already killed several sheep and are working their way on to another farmer's property.