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This page contains information about microchipping your dog and our dog rules.
Updated: 20/06/2019 9:51 a.m.

For information about how to register your dog and the fees, follow the link below.

Dog owners have an obligation under the Dog Control Act to make sure dogs are well cared for, kept under control and do not cause nuisance or pose a danger or threat to people.

Our aim is for people of all ages to feel safe in our district during any interaction with dogs and we have, for example, designated various locations where dog owners can exercise their pets either on or off leash, and also areas where dogs are banned.


​Last year (2018), 35 lucky dogs were rehomed from Council’s animal shelter. This is a great result all round - for the dogs, the animal control team and the families who gained new pets. 

Armourguard and the SPCA have been working together to achieve this great outcome for adoptable dogs that, through no fault of their own, have found themselves at the animal shelter.

When suitable dogs are identified, the SPCA has been providing temperament tests to determine the best home environment for the dog and have done a preliminary health check and vaccination.  

The dogs are all de-sexed, chipped and registered prior to leaving to go to their new forever home. One of the animal management officers will also do a home visit to check if your property is suitable for keeping a dog.

If you are looking for a new fur friend, please consider the Animal Shelter. You can contact them on 09 438 7513 to find out what dogs are available and to organise a viewing time.

Dogs and kiwi

Dogs are able to kill kiwi in all life stages and are the number one killers of adult kiwis in Northland.

In other parts of New Zealand, kiwi can live to be 45-60 years of age, but in Northland the average age is just 14 years, largely because of dogs.

Luckily, this issue can be solved, as people are the key. What you do, whether you own a dog or not, will make a difference. Many residents are unaware of where kiwi live, the scale of the dog threat, the ease with which dogs can kill and the fact that any dog can kill a kiwi.

Dogs of all sizes, breeds and training find the strong distinctive scent of kiwi irresistible and easy to track. Kiwi are particularly vulnerable near clusters of human settlement, including subdivisions, if there are no dog restrictions, and in more isolated areas where pigs are hunted and dogs are sometimes lost.  

Dogs can catch and kill kiwi in seconds and it can happen during the day as well as at night.

To view more information about the district's biodiversity and what you can do to protect kiwi, select from the links below.

Save Kiwi in Whangarei District [377kb]

Microchipping your dog

Inserting a microchip is a harmless and straightforward procedure which is done by your vet. It means that if a dog is lost and is not wearing its registration tag it can be identified by scanning the microchip tag.

All puppies in New Zealand must be microchipped and under the Dog Control Act 2006, microchips will be applied to dogs that:

  • are classified as a dangerous or menacing dog
  • are registered for the first time on or after 1 July 2006
  • are impounded for a second occasion
  • are unregistered and are impounded.

Working farm dogs are exempt from microchipping.

Failure to microchip a dog could result in an infringement notice and possible prosecution and a $3,000 fine.

Dog registration and chipping are two separate processes - you must register your dog every year but microchipping needs to be done only once. 

Dog rules

Our Dog Management Policy and Dog Management Bylaw aim to achieve a balance between the control of dogs and recognition of the health benefits of dog ownership.


The policy objectives are to:

  • minimise danger, distress and nuisance to the community
  • avoid the inherent danger in allowing dogs to have uncontrolled access to public places where children go (whether or not the children are accompanied by adults)
  • enabling the public (including families) to use streets and public amenities without fear of attack or intimidation by dogs
  • recognise the exercise and recreation needs of dogs and their owners
  • protect kiwi and other indigenous wildlife.

The Policy and Bylaw contain rules which all dog owners should be familiar with.

Dog Control Annual Reports

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all Councils to report annually on the outcomes associated with key areas identified by Section 10A of the Act.

The annual reports can be found on the Dog Management Policy page of this website.

For further information, select from the links below. 

Contact Us

For any queries on the topics covered on this page or if you wish to make a complaint or enquiry, please contact us on our main number +64 9 430 4200, which operates 24/7. 

Please click on the link below for our full contact details.



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