Just to clarify: it will still be permissible under the
Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed new dog control
bylaw and policy to let Rover off his leash to fetch a stick
from Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu.
Luckily for canines, the lakes are appropriately zoned to
allow a hot dog, after a long walk on the leash, to spend a
moment or two splashing through the shallows to cool off.
The only catch will be that once back on dry land zoned urban
residential, or business and industrial or council reserve,
dogs' will need to be reattached to leashes forthwith.
To help smooth the way for today's public hearing into the
council's new bylaw and policy, council staff posted on the
council's website a summary of the 98 written submissions
received and some ''points of clarification''.
They say the ''most significant'' issue raised is around dogs
being on or off their leads.
While dogs should be on a leash in many public areas, one
place they can roam free under ''verbal control'' is the
rural general zone.
The summary of submissions points out that some submitters
were unclear about where the rural general zone was and it
suggests providing maps and education for dog owners.
And then it goes on to clarify the rule on the fetching of
''A few submissions were received,'' the summary says,
''regarding the restriction of being able to exercise dogs,
i.e. how a dog can fetch a stick from the lake if it is on a
''Clarification: the lake is zoned rural general, therefore
it is permitted for a dog not to be on a leash in this
The thorny issue of dog control will the subject of a public
hearing in Wanaka today.
A hearing was scheduled for Queenstown tomorrow, but was
cancelled because there were no submitters who wished to