ROAD CLOSURE - Mangarino Road
  • Mangarino Road is currently closed due to a slip from the recent heavy rain. The location of this is just past the Te Kūiti Cemetery and Reynolds Road.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Dog safety resources

19 Dec 2014, 10:30 AM

The Department of Internal Affairs has updated and launched its resource about dog safety, the Dog Box.  This is timely as we enter summer, when there is typically a seasonal spike in dog attacks due to people and their pets being out and about in public places more during the holidays. 

Available on-line here, the website has information about good behaviour for dogs, dog owners and everyone else; keeping children safe and advising owners of their legal responsibilities.


8 Simple Safety Tips Around Dogs

  • Always ask permission from a dog’s owner before approaching or petting a dog.
  • Pat a dog on its chest - not on top of its head or its ears.
  • Supervise children at all times when a dog is nearby.
  • Stay away from a dog that is tied up, feeding, has puppies or is asleep.
  • If you are approached by a dog that makes you feel uneasy, act like a tree - stand still, look at your feet not at the dog and cross your arms in front of you - when the dog moves away just walk quietly and slowly away from it.
  • Never tease or annoy dogs.
  • Don’t act excited around a dog, or run away, ride, or play noisy games, close to a dog.
  • Do not force anyone who is afraid to pet a dog. (People afraid of animals sometimes make a dog uneasy, and so more likely to bite.)