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Newsletter #6 May 2019 of Kerikeri Peninsula Pest Control
Hi folks,

Incredibly sad news, in the last six weeks we've had two kiwi killed by dogs in Opito Bay and three kiwi killed by cars on the peninsula.

Avoidance training
We've organised a kiwi avoidance training day for dogs at the Cruising Club Sunday 14th July.
Those of us on the peninsula who own dogs, please let's take this opportunity to put them through the training. We need you to email us if you intend bringing your dog(s) - full details below.

Car deaths
Two of the road deaths occurred in virtually the same place - 100m past the entrance to Kate's Riding Centre. The third was on a private driveway in Opito Bay.

Dog-related deaths
The two dog related deaths happened in Opito Bay. One was discovered on the side of the road near the Opito Bay boat ramp, it had been killed by an uncontrolled dog.

The second was killed by a dog that was being walked at 6:30pm at night on a retractable lead near the top of the Opito Bay hill. The kiwi was foraging on the side of the road. The dog hadn't been kiwi avoidance trained.

Kiwi avoidance training at the Cruising Club - Sunday July 14th  9:00am - 4:00pm

We've arranged for Lesley Baigent, a certified kiwi avoidance trainer to come to the Cruising Club for the day, she'll be based outside the upper clubhouse.
Those of us who own dogs, please bring them along and have them put through the training, whether they have been avoidance trained in the past or not.

Payment is by koha.
  • The training is open to dogs that live on our peninsula only.
  • Each dog takes approx 10 minutes to put through the training.
  • Please email if you intend to bring your dog(s) and let us know if you have a preferred time. We will then give you a time slot.

Golden rules for dog owners living in a kiwi zone:

  • Always know what our dogs are doing

  • Control our dogs so that they never meet a kiwi.

  • Have our dogs avoidance trained regularly, remembering it's no guarantee.

  • If we are walking our dogs at night, consider a non-retractable lead and a light muzzle.

If you are unable to bring your dog to the club on that date, please get in touch with any of these kiwi avoidance certifiers to arrange to put your dog through:

Lesley Baigent - 027 313 4974
Pete Graham - 027 4837 050
Glen Coulston - 027 290 9448
Jason Hanham - 021 872 476
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