Responsible Dog Ownership and Animal Control

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Dog Registrations are being sent out this week.
Payment opens on 1 July till 31 July, it is best to pay early as a penalty fee will apply from 1 August. 
You can register your dog online or find out more information by clicking this link.
A dog is a lifelong commitment and being a good dog owner means taking care of all their needs such as:

  • feeding a quality diet,
  • supplying fresh water,
  • warm bedding in winter,
  • shade in summer and
  • exercising them.


Responsible dog owners keep their dogs healthy and safe by:

  • de-sexing,
  • vaccinating,
  • having a secure property,
  • registering their dog and
  • microchipping.


What do Animal Control do?

Animal Control takes care of dog and other animal/livestock issues. The team is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations, working with welfare groups such as the SPCA and dealing to stray dogs and livestock. Animal control is here to help with:

  • Wandering animals or stock being chased
  • Dogs in areas where they are banned
  • Dangerous or menacing dogs
  • Persistent barking or dogs causing issues
  • Rehoming


Kaikōura District Dog Control Policy

If you have any questions regarding dog microchipping or registration give the team a call on 027 668 8780.
Learn more about animal control in the Kaikōura district at 

Useful links

Better Dog Control = Safer Communities

Microchipping Questions and Answers

Department of Internal Affairs Dog Control Page

Department Internal Affairs Microchipping Regulations

Dog Owner Fines and Infringement Notices.


10 June 2021