Stock Control

There are large quantities of various stock and other animals in the District, and Council exercises some controls in relation to these animals to prevent issues of nuisance and to protect public health.

These controls are exercised through two Bylaws as follows:

View Keeping of Stock and Poultry Bylaw

View Stock Movement Bylaw

The Keeping of Stock Bylaw requires that stock or other animals (including bees) are not kept within the Otorohanga and Kawhia urban communities in a manner that is likely to cause nuisance. In particular no stallions or roosters may be kept in these communities.

The bylaw also requires that there is prompt and appropriate disposal of dead stock or poultry with the boundaries of the Otorohanga and Kawhia communities.

The Stock Movement Bylaw provides a set on controls in respect of moving stock along or across public roads.

Council may impound stock that are wandering or trespassing in accordance with the Impounding Act 1955. View the fees and charges applying to impounded stock.

Council's Bylaws do not specifically relate to issues of animal welfare, but if contacted in relation to such matters Council will provide assistance in respect of contacting relevant authorities or otherwise addressing the matter. You can also use the link below to contact the SPCA in relation to matters of animal welfare.

Click to go to SPCA Website


Emergency Situations

Stock wandering on roads, or in other public places can in some cases represent a significant threat to public safety. In such cases Council can be contacted direct on 07 873 4000, 24 hours a day.