Dogs in the Taumarunui CBD

​​Consultation on whether dogs should be allowed in the CBD is now closed. Council is now reviewing submissions.

Should Dogs be Allowed on the Main Street in Taumarunui?

Currently, dogs are banned in the Taumarunui CBD. Council is now reviewing this and wanting the community's feedback.

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Why does Taumarunui CBD have a dog ban?

Council allowed individual townships to make their own decisions about where dogs are permitted across their town, and Taumarunui is currently the only centre in the District that bans dogs.

In Taumarunui, the ban on dogs from the CBD was based on issues of safety, sanitation and attractiveness of the town for visitors.

Why the review?

Reasons for having these streets as leashed areas include allowing owners to walk through the area and access cafes with their dogs. This allows visitors and residents not to have to leave their dogs unattended in vehicles, especially on hot days.

Changing to a leashed area is consistent with the long term development objectives for Taumarunui, as we strive for the town to be a destination for visitors and travellers to stop.

The streets in Taumarunui where dogs are permitted on leash have not generated any complaints from the public over this same period. This is also the case with the main streets in Ohakune where dogs are permitted.

There are a number of measures currently in place to ensure public safety and sanitation standards are upheld in on leash areas. The Compliance Team at Council have stated that these are satisfactory mechanisms in order to manage problematic dogs and owners.

Current Dog Prohibited and Leashed Areas


Currently there is a ban in place on Hakiaha and Miriama Streets, parts of Marae, Hikaia and Manuaute Streets and Kydd and Hayes Lanes. The proposed changes would have these areas changed to leashed areas.

Proposed Dog Prohibited and Leashed Areas


The current bans in place at Taumarunui Domain, Ngā Huinga/Cherry Grove, and other reserves will continue to be enforced.

How can I have my say?

There is a feedback form at the bottom of the page if you would like to make a submission on the proposal.

Alternatively there is a feedback form included in the Statement of Proposal attached. This can be handed in to any Council office, sent via post or emailed to

A public meeting will be held on Monday 16 March at the Miriama Community Centre in Taumarunui, which will give the community the opportunity to ask questions and share their feedback.

Key Consultation Dates

Consultation Opens​Wednesday 4 March 2020
​Public Meeting

​Monday 16 March 2020,

​6pm, Miriama Community Centre,

10 Miriama Street, Taumarunui

​Consultation Closes15 May 2020.
​Hearings ​Will be rescheduled to a later date.
Deliberations and Adoption​Will be rescheduled to a later date.


Statement of Proposal

Dogs on Leash in the Taumarunui CBD Statement of Proposal.pdf

Taumarunui Dog Ban Feedback Form

Do you support changing the dog prohibited areas outlined on Hakiaha, Miriama, Marae, Hikaia and Manuaute Streets and Kydd and Hayes Lanes to leashed areas?
The current bans in place at Taumarunui Domain, Ngā Huinga/Cherry Grove, and other reserves will continue to be enforced.
Would you want to support your feedback by speaking to the Mayor and Councillors during the public Hearing period?
If you ticked ‘yes’ we will contact you to arrange a speaking date and time. The Hearings are scheduled for Wednesday 29 April in Taumarunui from 10am-4pm. A maximum of two speakers and ten (10) minutes of total speaking time is permitted.
Page reviewed: 03 Jun 2020 2:41pm