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Back Beach run still allowed in new NPDC doggy dos and don’ts. 

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Back Beach run still allowed in new NPDC doggy dos and don’ts. 

Penguins, seals and other wildlife will get more protection under new rules for dog walkers, but Back Beach still remains mostly off-leash after Councillors passed changes to the Dog Control Bylaw on Tuesday. 

The new rules on where and when you can walk your dog and whether you need a leash come into force on 9 April. 

The changes also include the opening of a loop walk for leashed dogs around Lake Mangamahoe, plus tightening dog-walking rules on the coast between Te Henui and Waiwhakaiho. 

Dog owners can still let their pets run free on most of Back Beach, but they will have to leash them in two areas: 

  • The lower car park, reserve and stream area to protect blue penguins and other birds
  • The northern end car park, reserve and beach area between the bottom of the access steps, Round Rock and Paritutu, to protect seals.

“We’ve tried to strike a balance between giving responsible dog owners more freedom with their pets and protecting our precious native wildlife and environment.  We’ll be out on the streets and walkways and beaches to see that people understand and respect the new rules,” said NPDC Group Manager Community and Customer Services Teresa Turner. 

At the meeting on Tuesday, Councillors decided against allowing dogs on leads into New Plymouth city centre. 

The new rules will be on the NPDC website and on new signs, when they come into force next month.